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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

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. 

A senior member working with an RCMP intelligence team has been charged under the Security of Information Act — an event that is expected to have a ripple

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.

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.

There are new details in the case of Cameron Ortis, the RCMP intelligence director accused of leaking secrets . Mercedes Stephenson explains how

Edit: what he had access to : Last edited: Today at 6:23 AM. The senior RCMP intelligence official charged with breaching Canada’ s official secrets law oversaw a money-laundering probe into allegations that millions in defrauded Russian tax dollars, exposed by Russian tax lawyer Sergei

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.

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

RCMP surveying potential damage in wake of charges against top intelligence official 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.

“This person would have had access to a lot of information,” Carvin said. “Basically, national security division at RCMP deals with terrorism Canadian officials told a sentencing hearing in 2013 that allies had threatened to withhold intelligence from Canada unless it tightened security procedures.

WATCH: RCMP intelligence director charged, accused of violating national secrets act. As a civilian member of the RCMP ’ s strategic intelligence unit, Ortis had extensive access to the full range of operational intelligence , according to a source.

“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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