Royal Navy submariner admits secrets breach

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Associated Press

Posted on November 13, 2012 at 6:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 13 at 7:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — A Royal Navy submariner has admitted collecting secret coding programs that could aid an enemy of the state, and meeting with people he believed were Russian agents.

Petty Officer Edward Devenney was arrested earlier this year and charged with communicating information that could be "directly or indirectly useful to the enemy," in breach of the Official Secrets Act.

Devenney, from Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty at a court hearing Tuesday to gathering details of "crypto material" — programs used to encrypt secret information. He also admitted misconduct in a public office in relation to a meeting with two people he thought were from the Russian secret service.

He acknowledged discussing information about the movement of nuclear submarines with the pair.

Devenney will be sentenced Dec. 12.

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