09/13/2019 13:26 EDT | Updated 09/13/2019 13:28 EDT

RCMP Charges Staffer Under Official Secrets Law

Cameron Ortis was also charged with two Criminal Code offences.

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The B.C. RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C. is seen on Dec. 5, 2017. 

OTTAWA — The RCMP has charged one of its own with several offences under Canada’s official-secrets law.

The national police force says Cameron Ortis was charged under three sections of the Security of Information Act, and with two Criminal Code offences.

It says the charges stem from activities alleged to have occurred during his tenure as an RCMP employee, and it was not immediately clear whether he was still employed by the force. 

According to CBC News, Ortis was a senior member of the RCMP and a civilian who specialized in East Asian affairs, critical infrastructure and the use of “bots.”

As the investigation is ongoing, the RCMP declined to make further comment.

The Security of Information Act is law to safeguard sensitive government information.

Naval officer Jeffrey Paul Delisle, who gave classified information to Russian military intelligence, pleaded guilty to offences under the act in 2012.

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