VIDEO: [CBC News] RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki responds to charges recently laid against one of its top intelligence officers, Cameron Ortis. [Sep. 17, 2019]
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.
Ortis — a 47-year-old senior intelligence official at the RCMP — was arrested Thursday and appeared in an Ottawa court Friday, facing five counts under the Security of Information Act. He’s also been charged with two Criminal Code violations.
The rarely invoked Security of Information Act was created to make sure operatives who know Canada’s top secrets keep them secret.
Ortis is accused of communicating special operational information back in 2015 and faces a slew of charges related to preparing, in the past year, to share either safeguarded or operational information with a foreign entity or terrorist group.
This article continues at [CBC] Five Eyes allies raising questions as damage control continues in Cameron Ortis case: sources