Navy spy Delisle sentenced to 20 years

Jeffrey Paul Delisle gets 20 years for selling state secrets

Jeffrey Delisle being escorted out of court. (Photo: Jessamyn Griffin)
Jeffrey Delisle hid his face when escorted out of court. (Photo: Jessamyn Griffin)

Convicted Canadian spy Jeffrey Paul Delisle was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday.

He will serve 18 years and five months in prison because he was credited for time served.

In front of a jam-packed room of more than 40 people, Delisle, dressed in a blue hoodie with red detailing and jeans, stood before the Provincial court of Nova Scotia judge and heard his fate.

Judge Patrick Curran gave Delisle a sentence that he said would “take a big chunk out of the rest of your life.”

He said that society is wronged when someone shares classified information and that people who commit these types offences should kept away from society for a “considerable amount of time.”

“Society is justifiably outraged in the face of betrayal especially by someone employed by the state for many years precisely to protect the national interest in state secrets,” he said.

Curran also ordered Delisle to pay a fine of $111,817 for his “grave” offence.

Delisle was sentenced for giving classified information to Russia between July 2007 and January 2012.

During his sentencing, Delisle remained silent. When the proceedings were finished, he put up his hood before leaving the courtroom.

Defence lawyer, Mike Taylor, addresses the media after the trial. (Photo: Jessamyn Griffin)
Defense lawyer Mike Taylor addressed the media after the trial. (Photo: Jessamyn Griffin)

Crown prosecutor Lyne Decarie was satisfied with the sentence saying it was close to what the crown was seeking.  She said deterrence is most important in a case like this.

“The judgement rendered by the judge, I think he took into account the seriousness of this case,” she said.

Defense lawyer Mike Taylor said he was a “bit surprised” about the double digit sentence and his client may not have been prepared for a 20–year sentence either.

“Well I’d say that the best way to describe it is he is still in a little bit in shock,” he said. “[The sentence was] one that quite frankly I don’t think he was really expecting.”

The defence was looking for a nine or 10-year sentence with credit for time served.

Delisle said in his confession, that the 24 pages of documents sent to Russian agents on Jan. 12, 2012 was the smallest package he had sent.

Delisle’s background

Jeffrey Delisle, 41, became part of the Canadian Armed Forces in 2001 and worked in the field of intelligence. Between July 2007 and January 2012, he had access to top secret information. In July 2007, he went into the Russian embassy in Ottawa and offered up classified information. After that, he was to provide the GRU with a “monthly manuscript.”

Delisle was arrested in Jan. 13 2012 and charges were laid against him on Jan. 16. In October 2012, he pled guilty.

Delisle is the first to be sentenced under the Security of Information Act.


Timeline by Jessamyn Griffin