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CanadaRCMP director accused of stealing secrets had access to allied intelligence

19:50  16 september  2019
19:50  16 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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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

A senior official working with an RCMP intelligence team has been charged under the Security of Information Act — an event that is expected to have a ripple effect across Over the span of his career Ortis had some of the highest access to classified and allied information within the RCMP , said Davis.

RCMP director accused of stealing secrets had access to allied intelligence© Lauren Foster-MacLeod Cameron Ortis was arrested Thursday and charged with several offences under the Security of Information Act, Canada’s official secrets law. He also faces two criminal charges, including breach of trust.

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.

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A senior Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP ) intelligence officer arrested last week for allegedly stealing sensitive documents had access to information from The Globe and Mail reported Saturday that Ortis's arrest was linked to a major investigation into the laundering of stolen Russian funds.

RCMP employee charged under rarely-used national secrets act, charges include communicating special operational information. In that role, he would have access to sensitive information not just from the RCMP but other national security and intelligence agencies — and potentially allied

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. We assure you that mitigation strategies are being put in place as required,” Lucki wrote in a statement.

“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.”

Ortis, 47, was arrested Thursday and charged with several offences under the Security of Information Act, Canada’s official secrets law. He also faces two criminal charges, including breach of trust.

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A senior Royal Canadian Mounted Police ( RCMP ) intelligence officer arrested last week for allegedly stealing sensitive documents had access to information from Canada's foreign allies , the RCMP said Monday. Cameron Ortis, who was arrested Thursday, served as the Director General of the RCMP 's

Top Canadian police official charged with espionage offenses had access to international intelligence . "(Ortis) is a civilian cyber security guy in the RCMP and the combination of charges implies he's accused of either hacking or just plain out stealing sensitive info through digital networks

“In broad strokes, the allegations are that he obtained, stored, processed sensitive information, we believe with the intent to communicate it to people that he shouldn’t be communicating it to,” said Crown prosecutor John MacFarlane after a brief court appearance Friday.

What information Ortis is alleged to have stolen — or who he intended to give it to — is not yet known. Ortis has worked in various research and intelligence roles with the RCMP since 2007, after obtaining his Ph.D. in political science from the University of British Columbia.

In his research, Ortis wrote about the internet and cyber security, critical infrastructure, and the use of bots. He also speaks Mandarin, according to his online profile, and has written about cybersecurity issues in East Asia.

A former RCMP officer told the Star that Ortis had been “nurtured” in his career by Bob Paulson, who retired as RCMP commissioner in 2017. Paulson has not responded to multiple interview requests as of Monday morning.

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