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The Mounties get their man, and he’s one of their own

By Phil Gurski      

We must remind ourselves that all of this is alleged and not proven. Cameron Ortis is, of course, innocent until any of this is demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt. It does not look good, but we must wait and see. Even if the details are salacious.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, pictured Sept. 17, 2019, at RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, providing a short update on the matter related to the ongoing investigation, arrest, and charges against Cameron Ortis. Mr. Ortis may have compromised one or more of three things: sources, methods or ongoing operations. These are the crown jewels of intelligence and law enforcement agencies and must be protected at all costs. That they may have been leaked is not good, writes Phil Gurski. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA–The world of intelligence is, by definition, a murky one. Most times what our spies do is only shared with those who have a ‘need to know,’ i.e., someone with a security clearance required to see and use classified information. If we hear stories about what they do, it is generally not good, at least from the perspective of the spies. When the curtain is pulled back, even a bit, it is usually not on purpose, but due to an unauthorized breach.

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