By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — The U.S. ambassador to Canada says a Canadian soldier who pleaded guilty to spying had given both American and Canadian government secrets to Russia.
In an interview with Canadian television network CTV, Ambassador David Jacobson said Canadian former naval intelligence officer Jeffrey Paul Delisle sold confidential American and Canadian information to his Russian handlers.
The ambassador declined to specify the nature of the information, but said: “There was a lot of highly classified material.”
Delisle, around 40 years old, pleaded guilty earlier in October to espionage in a court in Nova Scotia.
Reports say Delisle was paid about $3,000 per month by his Russian handlers for information obtained at an intelligence facility in Halifax, where he had access to data from Canadian allies including the United States, Britain, and Australia.