Submariner who tried to give secrets to Russia jailed for eight years
A Plymouth-based Royal Navy submariner who tried to give secrets to people he thought were Russian spies has been jailed for eight years.
Edward Devenney, 30, from County Tyrone, was arrested in Plymouth in March after a sting operation by MI5 agents.
The court heard Devenney was angry at being passed over for promotion, and gathered classified information which he offered to 'a foreign country'.
Mr Justice Saunders at the Old Bailey said Devenney, who admitted breaching the Official Secrets Act, had been "prepared to betray his country and his colleagues."
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He said: "The defendant made determined efforts to enter into an agreement to supply secret information to representatives of another country."
He added: "It needs to be understood by those who may be tempted to pass on secrets that long prison sentences must follow even unsuccessful attempts."
Devenney contacted the Russian Embassy in November 2011 while drunk, then later opened a safe aboard HMS Vigilant and photographed encryption codes.
MI5 agents recorded meetings at a number of venues between Devenney and others - he offered to pass on information about submarine movements.
When arrested he was found with a spare key for the secure communications room aboard the sub.
The court heard the information, properly passed on, could have breached national security.
The court was told Devenney had been a model member of the service until he was accused of rape - a charge f which he was later cleared.
After the accusation he descended into drink and depression.