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CanadaRCMP surveying potential damage in wake of charges against top intelligence official

19:45  16 september  2019
19:45  16 september  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

Mounties lay secrets-law charges against one of their own

Mounties lay secrets-law charges against one of their own OTTAWA — The RCMP has charged one of its own with several offences under Canada's official-secrets law. The national police force says Cameron Ortis was charged under three sections of the Security of Information Act, and with two Criminal Code offences. 

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada’s national police has arrested a senior intelligence official in its own force on charges of breaching Canada’s secrets law. Ortis had served in a civilian role as director general of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit. The RCMP said the

A senior civilian employee at RCMP ’s headquarters in Ottawa — described as a fitness buff with a “brilliant” mind and extensive knowledge of cyber-security issues, particularly in Southeast Asia — has been charged by his own force with violating national security by allegedly leaking government secrets.

RCMP surveying potential damage in wake of charges against top intelligence official© Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki has issued a statement on the charges laid against civilian member Cameron Ortis. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki says the force is still trying to understand the fallout of allegations levelled against one of their top intelligence officials and that RCMP officers are "shaken" by the charges.

Cameron Ortis, director general of the RCMP's national intelligence coordination centre, was arrested late last week and charged with preparing to share either safeguarded or operational information with a foreign entity or terrorist group in the past year.

Five Eyes allies raising questions as damage control continues in Cameron Ortis case: sources

Five Eyes allies raising questions as damage control continues in Cameron Ortis case: sources Members of the Five Eyes intelligence bloc are already raising questions about the type of information accessible to Cameron Ortis as the director of an intelligence unit within the RCMP, diplomatic sources tell CBC News. The Five Eyes, made up of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, is one of the world's leading intelligence-sharing networks, linking some of the most powerful countries in the world. Diplomatic sources speaking to CBC on condition of anonymity said the alliance is worried that Ortis, charged under Canada's national secrets act, had access to their allied information.

Canada's national police has arrested a senior intelligence official in its own force on charges of breaching Canada's secrets law. Ortis had served in a civilian role as director general of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit. The RCMP said the 47-year-old was charged under

Canada's national police has arrested a senior intelligence official in its own force on charges of breaching Canada's secrets law.Authorities alleged Friday that Cameron Jay Ortis tried to disclose classified information to a foreign entity.

He's also charged under the rarely-used Security of Information Act with communicating special operational information back in 2015 and faces two Criminal Code charges.

"By virtue of the positions he held, Mr. Ortis had access to information the Canadian intelligence community possessed. He also had access to intelligence coming from our allies both domestically and internationally," said Lucki in a statement Monday, confirming reports Friday and over the weekend describing the work Ortis did.

"While these allegations, if proven true, are extremely unsettling, Canadians and our law enforcement partners can trust that our priority continues to be the integrity of the investigations and the safety and security of the public we serve."

RCMP director accused of stealing secrets had access to allied intelligence

RCMP director accused of stealing secrets had access to allied intelligence OTTAWA—The high-ranking RCMP employee accused of stealing secrets had access to an extensive trove of intelligence from both Canadian and international sources. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki confirmed Monday that Cameron Ortis, the director of the force’s National Intelligence Coordination Centre, had access to information shared by international partners as well as intelligence gathered by Canadian agencies. Lucki said Ortis’ arrest has “shaken many people throughout the RCMP.” “We are aware of the potential risk to agency operations of our partners in Canada and abroad and we thank them for their continued collaboration.

Canada’s national police has arrested a senior intelligence official in its own force on charges of breaching Canada’s secrets law. Ortis had served in a civilian role as director general of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit. The RCMP said the 47-year-old was charged under

Canada’s national police has arrested a senior intelligence official in its own force on charges of breaching Canada’s secrets law. Ortis had served in a civilian role as director general of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police intelligence unit. The RCMP said the 47-year-old was charged under

Lucki pointed out that the investigation is still ongoing and said the case has "shaken many people throughout the RCMP, particularly in federal policing."

'Mitigation strategies' in place

"We are assessing the impacts of the alleged activities as information becomes available. We are aware of the potential risk to agency operations of our partners in Canada and abroad and we thank them for their continued collaboration," she said.

"We assure you that mitigation strategies are being put in place as required."

Federal departments across government are also running in-house damage assessments to get a sense of the ramifications, according to sources speaking to CBC on the condition of anonymity.

Even former government people in retirement are getting calls — meaning investigators are going back years to assess the damage.

Diplomatic sources said members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance — the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada — are waiting for a formal damage assessment from the public safety minister's office, and some members are already questioning how Ortis was able to hoard information within the RCMP.

Ortis, 47, is back in court later this week. He has worked at the RCMP since 2007.

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