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Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleads guilty to spy charges: Queen's University expert

2012-10-12

Queen’s University national security expert Christian Leuprecht is available to talk about Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle pleading guilty this morning to spy charges. The intelligence officer is alleged to have given or sold information to a foreign entity while he was living in Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., and Halifax and Bedford, N.S., where he lived.

“No party to this case had an interest in a protracted, public court case. During such a legal proceeding, the Crown would have likely been forced to disclose evidence and methods by which such evidence was gathered. Also, how the matter first caught the attention of Canadian authorities would be revealed. The Crown would prefer to keep all these details under wraps in order not to make public the extent of the damage done to Canada’s national security and to safeguard the counter-espionage methods Canada deploys,” says Dr. Leuprecht, who can do media interviews in English, French or German. “Given that the defendant appears to have pled out on all charges, the evidence against him must have been so overwhelming that his best strategy was to hope for leniency in return for pleading guilty.”

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