Judge to determine fate of Halifax navy spy who sold secrets to Russia

HALIFAX – A Halifax navy intelligence officer will be sentenced later today for selling secrets to Russia.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleaded guilty last year to breach of trust and communicating information to a foreign entity that could harm Canada’s interests.

The Crown is seeking a prison sentence of at least 20 years, while the defence is asking for nine to 10 years.

Both agreed that Delisle should be fined $111,817, which was based on the amount of money Delisle collected from his Russian bosses over nearly five years.

The 41-year-old Delisle was arrested in January 2012 and became the first person to be charged under the Security of Information Act.

That law was passed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Mike Taylor, Delisle’s lawyer, has said he is surprised that intelligence officials haven’t tried to learn more about what type of information he leaked to Russia.

But intelligence experts suggest that Delisle’s lawyer wasn’t approached because government insiders already know much of what he released after walking into Russia’s embassy in Ottawa in July 2007 to offer his services.