Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Delisle's surprise guilty plea yesterday means that not only will highly classified intelligence be kept out of the courts, but it now may never be known why the leaks were undetected.
Delisle, a naval officer stationed in Halifax, pleaded guilty in Nova Scotia Provincial Court to communicating safeguarded information and breach of trust.
"Can you imagine how many sighs of relief are being breathed in the corridors of Ottawa?" said intelligence expert Wesley Wark of the Munk Centre for International Studies. "This would have been a complicated long-running case with lots of diplomatic embarrassment."