A submariner who offered to pass on naval secrets to Russian spies was on the verge of being sacked, the Old Bailey heard today.
Petty officer Edward Devenney, 30, said he was disillusioned with the Royal Navy because his promotion hopes had been dashed through defence cuts.
But he was drinking heavily, had bouts of depression and had just been cleared of a rape charge.
He asked for his training course for promotion to be deferred for a year but his absences without leave and conduct had led to a warning that he would be sacked if it continued, the court heard.
A submariner has been jailed for eight years for trying to disclose the secret movements of British nuclear submarines to "Russian spies".
Submariner Edward Devenney has admitted collecting top secret naval codes before meeting two men he believed were Russian spies