#exclusive details on a significant national security breach as a senior member of the RCMP is arrested and charged with what national security sources say is one of the most serious national security cases in the country’s history globalnews.ca/news/5899146/s… #natsec #cdnnatsec.
Cameron Ortis is facing seven charges under both the Criminal Code and the Security of Information Act.
The charges did not specify which foreign entity or what type of information, but a source said he had amassed “terabytes of information,” including a list of undercover operatives, when he was arrested in Ottawa on Thursday.
The source said Ortis was identified when U.S. authorities “flipped” a suspect who gave him up. His arrest is believed to be part of a wider operation involving NATO allies and the Five Eyes — Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. and U.K.
A source said the case involved “large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations.” The source said Ortis had allegedly tried to sell information in 2015, and was gearing up to sell more. — Amanda Connolly, Mercedes Stephenson, Stewart Bell, Sam Cooper and Rachel Browne/@MercedesGlobal