Canada Charges Military Official for Espionage

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Updated January 17, 2012

Paul Delisle,a navy sub-lieutenant and intelligence officer also a Canadian citizen has been charged for espionage.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police said he’s been leaking government secrets to a foreign entitiy though no threats to public safety.

It was the first time anyone has been charged under a new secrecy law enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Paul Delisle

The RCMP said “The investigation demonstrates that Canada is not immune to threats posed by foreign entities wishing to undermine Canadian sovereignty.”

Delisle joined the reserves in 1996 and was promoted to officer in 2008.

A senior naval official told the CBC that Delisle worked for a unit called HMCS Trinity, an intelligence facility at the naval dockyard in Halifax.

It tracks vessels entering and exiting Canadian waters via satellites, drones and underwater devices.

The center is a multi-national base with access to secret data from NATO countries.

Delisle appeared in court to hear the charges on Monday and will return for a bail hearing today.