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Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle is escorted from Provincial Court in Halifax in January. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)
Sub-Lieutenant Jeffrey Paul Delisle is escorted from Provincial Court in Halifax in January. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

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Communications Security Establishment Canada

Mandate:Electronic-eavesdropping agency

Delisle Damage assessment:“High”

Implications: “Should a non-allied foreign government have acquired the [CSIS] reports uploaded on 11 January 2012 it would have gained insight into matters of national security well beyond the intended intelligence purposes of the reports themselves. ... Analysis of the contents of these reports could reasonably lead a foreign intelligence agency to draw a number of significant conclusions about allied and Canadian intelligence targets, techniques, methods, and capabilities. Countermeasures taken as a result of insight (real or perceived) into intelligence capabilities could be costly in terms of lost sources and additional work to re-establish – where possible – these intelligence capabilities.”



Trinity centre at CFB Halifax

Mandate: Intelligence “fusion centre”

Delisle damage assessment: “Astronomical”

Implications: “I can’t fathom the response the globe will be facing . It’ll stop. We’ll lose our intelligence ... it could lead to the death of our sailors in the worst-case scenario.

“We’ll lose our intelligence. If he passed information about what the [CENSORED] reporting was doing, he could expose or provide information to whoever. And that puts either their operations or their lives in jeopardy ... civilian members, government members.

“If we lose information from our allies we might not get that indication of an impending terrorist attack. ... I think this is going to push us back to the Stone Age ...

“It’s the worst case scenario and it’s unfathomable.”



Department of National Defence

Mandate: Canada’s military

Delisle damage assessment: “Exceptionally grave”

Implications: “The release of this information by the accused puts Canada’s relationships with our partners in jeopardy. The inability to provide the assurance to our allies that we can and are safeguarding their intelligence could in extremis result in the termination of access. Canada’s closest intelligence allies are the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and NATO …

“This compromise could put Canadians, Canadian Forces members, and allies in the field at risk. This disclosure may also negatively affect our ability to receive timely and essential intelligence and information from our allies, which in turn puts the safety of Canadian citizens and of our Canadian Forces members in jeopardy.”

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