He had thousands of files that could have crippled Canada and American intelligence networks.
The cache of classified intelligence material an RCMP official was allegedly preparing to share with a foreign entity or terrorist organization is so vital to Canada’s national security that the country’s intelligence agencies say its misuse strikes at the heart of Canada’s sovereignty and security, documents seen by CBC News reveal.
According to an assessment by the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s cybersecurity agency, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Cameron Ortis, the director general of the RCMP’s national intelligence co-ordination centre, had material that, if released, would cause a “HIGH”—in all caps— degree of damage to Canada and its allies.
“Analysis of the contents of the reports could reasonably lead a foreign intelligence agency to draw significant conclusions about allied and Canadian intelligence targets, techniques, methods and capabilities,” the documents said.
“This type of information is among the most highly protected of national security assets, by any government standard and goes to the heart of Canada’s sovereignty and security.”