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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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Submariner apologises for 'shame I brought on the Royal Navy'

Before he was sentenced, Lord Carlile, defending, read a letter to the court from Devenney which said:

"I have brought great shame to my family, loved ones and the submarine service.

"I accept the consequences of my actions and I'm truly sorry.

"Mostly I would like to apologise for the shame I brought on the Royal Navy."

Lord Carlile said when the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence reflected on what Devenney was going through: "They might think twice about leaving a person in post until the issues have been resolved."

Lord Carlile said Devenney had been "something of a blue-eyed boy" until things began to go awry.

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