Russian Embassy eyed in alleged spy case

Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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OTTAWA, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Questions surrounded changes at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa following the arrest of a Canadian military officer accused of being a spy, media reports said.

Sub. Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle, 40, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was arrested last weekend and charged with several counts of breach of trust under the Security of Information Act. The Canadian government has not confirmed media reports that Delisle is accused of passing secrets to Russia, The Globe and Mail reported Friday.

The newspaper said two Russian diplomats and two technical staff at the Russian Embassy have been dropped from the Department of Foreign Affairs' official list of diplomatic, consular and foreign government representatives recognized by Ottawa.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti said a Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman was looking into the matter Friday but was not ready to comment.

Former military attache Konstantin Kolpakov and his deputy, Lt. Col. Dmitry Fedorchatenko, were named by The Globe and Mail as having been taken off Canada's diplomatic list. Postmedia News, however, said Kolpakov left Dec. 25 at the end of his scheduled term, several weeks before Delisle was arrested and accused of being a spy.

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