Navy spy kicked out of Armed Forces

Jeffrey Paul Delisle arrives for his sentencing at the provincial court in Halifax, Nova Scotia...

Jeffrey Paul Delisle arrives for his sentencing at the provincial court in Halifax, Nova Scotia Feb. 8, 2013. REUTERS/Devaan Ingraham

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:09 PM ET

Navy spy Jeffery Paul Delisle was stripped of his pay, severance and a medal as he was formally given the boot from the Armed Forces on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old former officer was sentenced last Friday to 20 years in prison for selling secrets to the Russians.

Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Tom Lawson said the crimes "were neither excusable nor defensible" as he announced Delisle's discharge for service misconduct jointly with the governor general and defence minister.

"He broke the law, violated our core values of integrity and honour," Lawson said in a release. "He has demonstrated that he is neither worthy of the trust and confidence of the Crown, nor of his country."

Defence Minister Peter MacKay called Delisle's actions "intolerable." He said the process to remove him from the service began as soon as Delisle was sentenced.

"Mr. Delisle's actions were clearly not consistent with the high degree of integrity and loyalty to Canada that we, as Canadians, expect from our sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen," MacKay said in the same release.

The defence department will also go after Delisle's back pay to the date of his arrest.

Delisle is the first person in Canada to face charges under the Security of Information Act. He admitted he used his security clearance to gather and sell secrets to the Russians between 2007 and 2012.

The case brought unwanted attention to Canada's security from its allies whose data was also compromised by Delisle, and MacKay said Wednesday the government continues to review its security procedures.


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