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RCMP commissioner says intelligence director aiding FBI probe at time of arrest

Last Updated Sep 17, 2019 at 2:03 pm PDT

FILE - RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki appears at a House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security in Ottawa on May 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Summary

The RCMP Commissioner wouldn't comment on a possible motive to Cameron Ortis' actions

The RCMP Commissioner said at a news conference that information on Ortis was discovered during a joint FBI probe

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.”

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.