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Nov 30 rounds-up:

Canada’s most active spy might have been caught almost a year sooner if the military and CSIS had followed their own mandatory security check rules, documents obtained by CBC News show. And Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle might still be swapping secrets with the Russians for cash if not for a tip from the FBI in the United States, suggests information contained in three search warrants that were executed on Delisle’s home, car and the ultra-secret navy intelligence facility in Halifax where Delisle worked, HMCS Trinity. The first hint that Delisle was the central figure in a spy scandal that would rock the Canadian and allied military establishments came in the form of a letter sent to the RCMP from the FBI on Dec. 2, 2011. “The RCMP gets a letter from Frank Figliuzzi, the FBI’s Assistant Director, REDACTED implicating a Canadian military officer. His statement is corroborated by Anthony M. Buchmeier, the FBI’s counter-intelligence expert witness,” states one of the warrants. (Some portions of the warrants obtained by CBC have been redacted by Canadian security officials.) The FBI makes it clear that there is one suspect: Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle. A ban on publication of the warrants was lifted in Nova Scotia provincial court on Thursday after an application was made by CBC News ….” – more here, here, here, here and here

Our rather disingenuous authorities had earlier been happy to leave the impression that an alert Canadian border agent had got the investigative ball rolling:

He came to the authorities’ attention when he was returning from a trip to Brazil to meet a Russian agent in the fall of 2011, Decarie said. He was carrying several thousand dollars and had changed his hotel twice in the community where he was staying, raising the suspicions of Canada Border Services agents…

But this appears to be what really took place:

The search warrant materials make no explicit reference to Canadian police following up on any of this. The Mounties say they pulled the CBSA report only after they were tipped by the FBI…

Enquiring minds now want to know how the FBI got onto the sub-lieutenant; and why the CBSA find was not pursued at the time. Earlier posts on the matter here.

Mark Collins is a prolific Ottawa blogger.

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