Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle, who has pleaded guilty to selling military secrets to Russia, still holds his rank and receives a salary, the Department of National Defence confirmed to CBC News.

But that may not last forever if the Canadian Forces follows the precedent set in the case of convicted murderer Russell Williams, who was stripped of his rank as colonel and denied severance pay.

Delisle, 41, pleaded guilty in a Halifax court on Wednesday to breach of trust and two counts of passing information to a foreign entity between July 2007 and Jan. 13, 2011. The offences happened in Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., and Halifax and Bedford, N.S., where he lived.

While Delisle has pleaded guilty, he has not yet been sentenced. His sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 10 and Jan. 12.

A spokesperson with the Department of National Defence declined to comment further on Delisle's case, saying the matter is still before the court. They confirmed he is still a member "in good standing" of the Canadian Forces.

Only the Queen or her representative in Canada, the Governor General, can strip an officer of his or her commission.

Delisle walked into the Russian Embassy in Ottawa in 2007 and offered to sell secrets to that country's military intelligence agency, beginning an espionage career that lasted almost four years.

Delisle was posted to the security unit HMCS Trinity, an intelligence facility at the naval dockyard in Halifax. It tracks vessels entering and exiting Canadian waters via satellites, drones and underwater devices.

While there he worked on a system called the Stone Ghost linking the "Five Eyes" allies: the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Delisle was paid between $2,800 and $3,000 a month by the Russians for the information.

The maximum sentence for communicating information to a foreign entity is life in prison.

Declassfied CIA, FBI Spy Gear

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  • Suicide Pin

    If a CIA operative were caught, he could choose capture or death by this pin. When twisted the right way, the silver dollar would unleash a pin coated in saxitoxin. Its user would die in seconds from the poison.

  • Assassination Umbrella

    Spies aren't usually assassins. But some weapons, like this umbrella, have been used in the field. The assassination umbrella is equipped with a pellet of toxic ricin that will infect and kill its target slowly over the course of a few days. Its last known use was on Bulgarian defector and BBC reporter Georgi Markov in London, 1978.

  • Dead Drop Brick

    Spies in Moscow in the 60s had a variety of "dead drops" they could use to secretly pass around notes and other contraband, including these hollow bricks.

  • Dead Drop Rat

    Rats' hollowed-out bodies also served as an effective dead drop for money, notes and other contraband being moved around Moscow.

  • Exploding Coal Paint Set

    Spies would use fake, exploding coal to sabotage supply lines -- and this paint set to make the coal look real.

  • Matchbox Camera

    In the 40s, spies were using cameras smaller than your smartphone!

  • Sleeping Beauty

    Think you could be a spy? Try floating a one-man submarine into Singapore harbor and planting mines on Japanese ships in World War II. Not easy, but this submersible is cool.

  • Lock Picks Kit

    And they all fit in this handy dandy sheath.

  • Time-Delay Pencil Detonators

    With these bad boys, you could even get away BEFORE the explosion.

  • Beano Grenade

    The OSS designed the Beano grenade to feel like a baseball and explode on impact -- rather than bouncing away from its target and blowing up elsewhere.