Submariner jailed over secrets

Submariner Edward Devenney has been jailed for eight years for trying to disclose secret movements of British nuclear submarines to MI5 agents posing as Russian spies.

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What the submariner pleaded guilty to

  • Devenney admitted gathering details of "crypto material" - programmes used to encrypt secret information - which could be useful to an enemy.
  • He was charged with collecting information for a purpose prejudicial to the safety or interests of the State between November 18 2011 and March 7 2012.
  • The submariner admitted a charge of misconduct in a public office in relation to meeting two people whom he thought were from the Russian secret service and discussing information relating to the movement of nuclear submarines.
  • He denied a second count of communicating information to another person and this will not be pursued by prosecutors.

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