Floppy Discs, Canadian Agent and Russia

Upon discovering that his wife of 19 years was having an affair, Canadian Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle, decided to walk into the Russian Embassy in 2007 and offer his services. Thus began Jeff Delisle’s double life in espionage that abruptly ended when he aroused the suspicion of the border agent who noticed that he was carrying thousands of dollars in cash and prepaid credit cards.
Subsequently, Delisle had become an employee at HMCS Trinity, the Canadian Defense facility, where he worked as a threat assessment analyst since 2010. Putting a 3+ inch floppy disk into his high security computer, copying it to notepad, saving it to disk, removing disk, putting USB stick in the low security computer, and transferring files to USB stick was the means by which Delisle transferred top secret intelligence to the Russians, which included reports on the CSIS, organized crime, contact details for U.S. Defense officials and intelligence officers in Australia and Canada.
Delisle insisted that his alliance with the Russians wasn’t for money, but for ideological reasons and growing dismay over what he saw as a hypocritical system—one in which allies spied on each other. “Canada’s spying on everybody. The U.S. is spying on everybody…it’s demoralizing.” “I’ve always played by the rules and then my wife cheated on me, not once, but twice…the betrayal killed me inside, made me feel dead inside…I was committing professional suicide”.
Perhaps it is past time for the Canadian Intelligence Forces to upgrade their computer system. In 2012, they are still using floppy discs.


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