Canada’s top police organisation has charged one of its senior officials with violating national security laws.
Cameron Ortis, a civilian member of the RCMP, is accused of breaching the Security of Information Act and the Criminal Code.
Few other details have been released about the alleged offences. He was reportedly held on Thursday in Ottawa.
The RCMP would only say that the offences occurred “during his tenure as an RCMP employee”.
Charges filed against Mr Ortis include the “unauthorised communication of special operational information”, possessing a device or software “useful for concealing the content of information or for surreptitiously communicating, obtaining or retaining information”, and breach of trust by a public officer.
Global News Canada reports that Mr Ortis is a director general of an intelligence unit within the RCMP. According to CBC News, he has expertise in East Asian affairs.
“Canadians can continue to have confidence in their security and intelligence agencies to protect our safety and rights. We are unable to comment on this matter as it is before the courts,” said a statement from the office of Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
This is not the first time a Canadian has been prosecuted under the Security of Information Act. In 2012, a former naval intelligence officer pleaded guilty to spying for Russia for several years.
Sub Lt Jeffrey Delisle admitted selling Canadian and Nato intelligence to Russia for C$3,000 a month.
He worked at top secret naval military facilities and had clearance to intelligence-sharing systems linked to countries such as the US and UK.