Man tried to sell Barrow sub secrets to Russians
Last updated at 10:49, Friday, 14 December 2012
A ROYAL Navy petty officer has been jailed for eight years for trying to pass Britain’s nuclear submarine secrets to men he believed to be Russian spies.
Edward Devenney, 30, rang the Russian Embassy in November last year after a 12-hour drinking binge.
He thought he had been treated badly by the Royal Navy because he was not promoted to chief petty officer.
Two days later, he managed to get into a locked safe onboard Barrow-built HMS Vigilant and take three photographs of part of a secret code for encrypted information.
The Old Bailey heard he had a high level of security clearance but was not authorised to get into the safe, which was locked and had a secret code.
The photographs held “the essential piece of the jigsaw” to encrypted material which, if compromised, would remove the ability of the submarine to “be deployed covertly and without detection”.
He had hidden the pictures on his laptop but had not passed them on when he was arrested.
Devenney, from Northern Ireland, had also offered to give the spies details of the movements of HMS Vigilant, which included its plans to sail to Faslane in Scotland and then to the east coast of America for nuclear testing.
No damage had actually been done to national security because the Russians were in fact MI5 intelligence officers, but Devenney had not known that at the time.
Devenney pleaded guilty to breaching the Official Secrets Act by gathering classified information and misconduct by meeting the supposed spies.
Lord Carlile, for Devenney, read out a statement from him which said: “I would like to apologise for the shame I brought on the Royal Navy.”
He said Devenney had been “something of a blue-eyed boy” until things began to go awry.
First published at 17:44, Thursday, 13 December 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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8 years eh. Most murderers dont get that long.
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