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Canadian intelligence officer arrested for espionage



Ottawa:

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced on Friday that it had arrested a senior intelligence officer for alleged theft of sensitive documents, the federal police said in a statement.

"The allegations are that he has received, stored and processed sensitive information that we believe he intends to share with people he should not disclose to them," prosecutor John MacFarlane told reporters after Ortis arrived on Friday Court had appeared.

Canada's Global News reported that Ortis, who was arrested on Thursday, was a top adviser to former RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson and in charge of reconnaissance operations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is working on a second term, told reporters at a poll that "I can assure you that the authorities are taking this very seriously." without further comments.

His opponent, conservative leader Andrew Scheer, said it was "extremely worrying that a high-ranking RCMP intelligence officer was arrested for giving away national security information."

"This is another reminder of the threats we face from the outside actors," said Scheer, who is involved with Trudeau in the polls.

The RCMP fears that Ortis has "stolen vast amounts of information that could jeopardize an immense number of investigations," said Global News, who first reported the arrest.

Canada is a member of the intelligence agency "Five Eyes" with Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The public service broadcaster Radio-Canada said Ortis was a specialist for East Asia, critical infrastructure and online "bots".

On LinkedIn's social network, a report by a person named Cameron Ortis indicates that he has been working for the Canadian government since 2007 after earning his doctorate in Foreign Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia.

The report also states that he speaks Mandarin, the main language of China, with Canada in the midst of an unprecedented diplomatic crisis.

In December last year, two Beijing nationals arrested in Beijing were taken as the obvious retaliation for Canada's arrest of a Chinese technology manager following a US arrest warrant.

China has also blocked billions in agricultural supplies.

(Except for the headline, this was not the case.) Edited by NDTV staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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