Canadian military official charged with espionage



Canadian military official charged with espionage Halifax: Police said they have charged a Canadian navy intelligence officer with espionage.

Jeffrey Paul Delisle, 40, appeared in Halifax provincial court yesterday on two charges related to communicating information to a foreign entity. Police didn't reveal any details about what information is alleged to have been disclosed or to whom it was disclosed.

The Defense Department said Delisle is a sub-lieutenant in the navy and an intelligence officer. He reportedly worked at a naval communications and intelligence center in Halifax that was a multinational base with access to secret data from NATO countries.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson said the investigation demonstrates that Canada is not immune to threats posed by foreign entities wishing to undermine Canadian sovereignty.

"Notwithstanding the seriousness of these charges, the RCMP is not aware of any threat to public safety at this time from this situation," Paulson said.

All the offenses are alleged to have happened in or near Halifax, Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario.

The Security of Information Act was passed by Canada's Parliament after the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and replaced the Official Secrets Act. The RCMP say the charges against Delisle mark the first time that anyone has been charged under that section of the act.

At his court appearance yesterday, Delisle was ordered to remain in custody and is due back in court today.

Paulson said the investigation involved the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, the Canadian Forces and the Canada Border Services Agency.

PTI