Official says Canadian navy officer damaged credibility, intelligence gathering ability

A top Canadian spy official says a navy officer who sold secrets to Russia has harmed his country's credibility and could hinder its ability to gather intelligence.

Michelle Tessier, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service's director general of internal security, speaking at a sentencing hearing Thursday, said that Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle crimes could make allies less likely to share intelligence with Canada in the future.

Delisle who pleaded guilty last October worked at a naval intelligence center and had access to information shared by the Five Eyes community that includes Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Prosecutor Lyne Decarie said that Delisle received 23 payments totaling $72,000 between 2007 and 2011.