Treason on the cheap? National secrets for sale: $3K/month
Struggling with a failed marriage and deep in debt, Canadian navy intelligence officer Jeff Delisle was dressed in civilian clothes the day he walked into the Russian embassy on the corner of Laurier Avenue and Charlotte Street in Ottawa in 2007, asked to speak with a security officer, and offered to sell the military secrets entrusted to him.
“I showed them my ID card and they asked me a bunch of questions, took my name and off I go,” Sub-Lt. Delisle told police after he was arrested last Jan. 13.
Delisle had much to offer the Russians. He worked at HMCS Trinity, a military intelligence facility on the East Coast, where he had access to the flow of secrets shared among the Five Eyes alliance: Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
For the next four years, he fed a stunning volume of classified information to his Russian handlers, who put him on their payroll. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)