Possible Charges Of Sabotage
:eek: But at the same time, probably more than deserving:
Sailors based at Esquimalt charged with sabotage. Two petty officers accused of harming high-security database in Ottawa
Steve Carey and David Pugliese, Times Colonist; Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Two sailors recently posted to CFB Esquimalt have been charged with sabotaging a high-security database in Ottawa last year.
Petty Officer Second Class Sylvia Reid and Petty Officer Second Class Janet Sinclair were each charged with one count of sabotage, conspiracy, mischief in relation to data and wilful property damage. The charges stem from alleged corruption of a government computerized database in July 2007.
"The database was a classified government database," said Capt. Paule Poulin, a public affairs officer with the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal.
"As far as any other details, I can't discuss them, as the matter is going before the courts."
The investigation was conducted by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, the investigative arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police.
This appears to be an isolated incident, Poulin said. It has taken almost a year due to forensic research on electronic equipment.
At the time of the alleged sabotage, both Reid and Sinclair were working for the Military Police at Canadian Forces Support Unit in Ottawa. The unit is inside National Defence Headquarters.
The two women were recently posted from Ottawa to new positions at CFB Esquimalt. Reid was to serve aboard HMCS Regina, while Sinclair was to serve at Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters. Although their postings were for mid-July, the two have not begun work onboard ship or at the base, said Lt.-Cmdr. Nathalie Garcia, base spokeswoman.
"They just arrived here in August," said Garcia. "We're going to find some employment for each of them while the judicial process goes on. We don't know the nature of the employment yet."
Reid joined the military in 1994 and is a naval combat information operator, responsible for running shipboard radar and associated equipment, including command and control communications computers and intelligence systems.
Sinclair is a sonar operator, responsible for analyzing sonar and oceanographic data. Sinclair joined the military in 1987.
Most computer applications use databases in some form, experts say, and corrupting a database could involve a wide range of actions, ranging from accessing or copying restricted files to accidental deletion of information in a database. It could also involve introducing a virus into the system.
Michel Drapeau, a retired colonel and an Ottawa lawyer who co-wrote a textbook on military law, said the charge of sabotage is very serious, particularly when Canada is at war. Such a charge would normally be laid against a foreign agent.
"What I find odd is that is a very serious offence but they are being allowed to continue to serve," he said. "I'm surprised they haven't been suspended from duty or put on administrative leave."
Drapeau said the Defence Department has been known to bring down the full force of military law in cases where it might not have been warranted.
The charges have now gone to the director of military prosecution, who will decide whether the case should be heard as a court martial or should go before civilian court.
It is not known if Reid and Sinclair requested a posting at CFB Esquimalt or if they were ordered there. Military officials declined to release more details about the women, including ages and hometowns, citing the federal government's Privacy Act.
- Cases of sabotage against the Canadian military are rare. In 2004 the water supply at the Canadian base in Kabul was tampered with but military officers believed the incident was the result of a prank gone bad.
- In 2002 the military investigated a suspected case of sabotage after sugar was found in the engine oil of a Sea King helicopter. The contamination was found during a routine oil change of a helicopter that had flown from its base in Halifax to Victoria.
© Times Colonist (Victoria) 2008