Canadian spy compromised Australian, British intelligence

Jeffrey Paul DelisleBy JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Most regular readers of this blog are undoubtedly familiar with the case of Jeffrey Paul Delisle, a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy, who until recently was employed at Canada’s ultra-secure TRINITY communications center in Halifax. Delisle was arrested in January on suspicion of passing information gathered from radio and radar signal interceptions to a foreign power, most likely Russia. Back in May, when it was disclosed that the United States helped Canadian counterintelligence investigators build their case against Delisle, we warned that “a far more important subject concerns the degree in which [Delisle’s] penetration has affected Canada’s intelligence-sharing relationship with its [...] partners”. Now a new report in The Sydney Morning Herald reveals that Delisle’s espionage activities compromised Australian secrets that had been shared with Canada under longstanding intelligence cooperation arrangements. Citing “Australian security sources”, the paper said that the Delisle case “has sent shock waves through Western security agencies” due to the volume of compromised information. The Herald claims that the stolen intelligence is “on a scale comparable to the alleged handover to WikiLeaks of US military and diplomatic reports by US Army private Bradley Manning”. An unnamed “Australian security source” told the paper that Delisle’s access to classified information was “apparently very wide” and that Australian intercepts were “inevitably compromised”. The article also claims that the information stolen by Delisle compromised the entire UK-USA Security Agreement, a peculiar intelligence-sharing arrangement between the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, which has existed since World War II. The Herald revelation was soon followed by a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, which stated that Delisle’s espionage activities appear to have compromised “top-level British intelligence” gathered by the Government Communications Headquarters, Britain’s leading signals intelligence agency. The paper also said that a “secret international conference” was held in New Zealand earlier this year to discuss the potential repercussions from Delisle’s espionage activities. The former Royal Canadian Navy employee is scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in October. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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3 Responses to Canadian spy compromised Australian, British intelligence

  1. Ove Larsen says:

    A leak is not just a leak. Important to note – that what is in this story – is a person that alleged have sold secrets – and it’s important not compare that to alleged Bradly Manning’s leak. It is confusing the motive behind leaks. It may be correct to compare the amount, but it’s important to note the motive. The Bradly Manning alleged leak to Wikileaks was a done to inform the public – as shown in the chat-logs. (english is not my first language)

  2. prof says:

    This is a major blow to Western Signals Intelligence-this traitor did this for money or ideaology and god knows what he passed on. It just shows Putin’s FSB/SVR is better than the old KGB.
    De Lisle should get life.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see what “motives” have to do with it. It’s the irreparable damage that concerns me not
    to mention the time it took to stop this traitor.
    Neither wonder the government has ensured the hearing has been delayed on ‘technicalities;
    a sure sign one or more governments are in serious damage control mode.

    One can’t help but assume there may be a connection herein between the tragic death of
    Gareth Williams in the U.K. as a result of this traitors actions ??

    A life sentence would be to good for Delisle.

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