OTTAWA – Top Mountie Brenda Lucki says an RCMP employee charged with trying to disclose secret information was supporting a U.S.
Federal Bureau of Investigation probe before his arrest.
The RCMP commissioner, addressing the arrest of Cameron Jay Ortis in person for the first time, also says there is a lot of conjecture, speculation and false information swirling about the arrest.
Lucki says investigators came across documents during the joint FBI probe that led the force to believe there could be a mole, or some kind of “internal corruption.”
RCMP won’t comment on potential motive. Commissioner says at this point there is no indication there were other people involved within the RCMP or our intelligence agencies, but notes it is an active investigation #cdnpoli
— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 17, 2019
A sensitive-investigations team looked for months into possible leaks before the arrest last week of the 47-year-old Ortis, who faces charges under the Security of Information Act as well as two Criminal Code provisions for allegedly trying to disclose classified material to a foreign entity or terrorist group.
Lucki isn’t commenting on a possible motive, what foreign entity is involved, or what information Ortis had access to in his role as director general of the RCMP’s national Intelligence Co-ordination Centre.
The RCMP commissioner didn’t directly address media reports that Ortis’s arrest stemmed from the dismantling of a Canadian firm, Phantom Secure, that sold phones allowing uncrackable communication.