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05:33  18 september  2019
05:33  18 september  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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 is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with leaking secrets, Prime Cameron Ortis, a director general with the national police force’ s intelligence unit, had access to highly sensitive domestic and foreign intelligence , and

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with Cameron Ortis, a director general with the national police force’ s intelligence unit, had access to highly sensitive domestic and foreign intelligence , and

Canada bids to reassure U.S., other allies after intelligence official arrested © Reuters/Lauren Foster-MacLeod Cameron Ortis is shown in a court sketch from his court hearing in Ottawa.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

The head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said there was a chance Canada's allies might decide they could no longer trust the force, but noted none had clamped down on information sharing so far.

Cameron Ortis, a director general with the RCMP's intelligence unit, had access to highly sensitive domestic and foreign intelligence, and his arrest last week sparked fears of a possible major security breach.

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.

Canada is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Cameron Ortis, a director general with the national police force' s intelligence unit, had access to highly sensitive.

Canada is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Cameron Ortis, a director general with the national police force' s intelligence unit, had access to highly sensitive.

Ortis was charged on Friday under a 2012 security information law used to prosecute spies. The RCMP said it had taken immediate measures to mitigate any risks.

Security experts say the case could damage Canada's standing inside the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network that also includes the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Britain.

"We are in direct communications with our allies on security, not only the Five Eyes group," Trudeau said during a campaign stop in St. John's, Newfoundland. "We are also working with them to reassure them, but we want to ensure that everyone understands that we are taking this situation very seriously."

Canadian security officials are working urgently to see what if any data might have been leaked, a senior source with direct knowledge of the situation said.

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.

OTTAWA — Canada is working to reassure the United States and other allies after a top police intelligence official was charged with leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. Cameron Ortis, a director general with the national police force’ s intelligence unit

Canada is working with its allies and reassuring them after the arrest of a top police intelligence official for allegedly leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Security experts say the case could damage Canada ' s standing inside the Five Eyes intelligence -sharing network that also includes the

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki conceded there was concern in the Five Eyes community, but said it was too early to tell what damage might have been done. There was no sign that Ortis had had accomplices, she added.

"At this point cooperation with our allies is not at all compromised. ... There is no risk of being able to share information," she told a news conference in Ottawa.

Asked whether partner intelligence agencies might decide Canada could no longer be trusted, she replied: "There is always that possibility, but I am confident the measures we have in place will mitigate those risks."

Canada's allies are working on the assumption that if any secrets were shared, China and Russia are likely to have been the main beneficiaries, said a second source with direct knowledge of the matter.

Canadian officials say China, in particular, has been aggressively seeking to obtain sensitive information.

Ortis arrest 'unsettling,' top Mountie says amid damage assessment

Ortis arrest 'unsettling,' top Mountie says amid damage assessment Ortis arrest 'unsettling,' top Mountie says amid damage assessment

OTTAWA — Canada is working with its allies and reassuring them after the arrest of a top police intelligence official for allegedly leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. "We are in direct communications with our allies on security We are also working with them to reassure

Canada is working with its allies and reassuring them after the arrest of a top police intelligence official for allegedly leaking secrets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday. “We are in direct communications with our allies on security … We are also working with them to reassure them, but

Lucki said the RCMP had become aware of the case during a probe into a separate matter with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. She did not give details.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp, citing government documents, said the FBI discovered in 2018 that someone had contacted the head of Canadian company Phantom Secure offering to sell secrets.

The chief executive of Vancouver-based Phantom Secure, Vincent Ramos, last year pleaded guilty to U.S. charges of facilitating international narcotics traffic by supplying drug cartels with encrypted communications devices designed to thwart law enforcement. Ramos was sentenced in May to nine years in prison and ordered to forfeit $80 million as proceeds of the crime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson and Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Leslie Adler)

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