Canada intelligence official granted bail in secrets breach

Cameron Ortis, the former director general of national intelligence coordination for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), has been charged with seeking to sell classified information to a foreign entity or terrorist group (AFP Photo/Marvin RECINOS)

Ottawa (AFP) - A senior Canadian police intelligence officer accused of stealing highly classified materials was granted bail on Tuesday, a court official said.

The reasons for his release are covered by a court-ordered publication ban and so cannot be divulged.

Cameron Ortis, 47, was the director general of national intelligence coordination for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) before his arrest last month.

He has been charged with seeking to sell classified information to a foreign entity or terrorist group under Canada's official secrets act.

Ortis is also accused of having shared special operational information as far back as 2015 with "potentially devastating" consequences for Canada and its allies, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said after his arrest.

Ortis, she said, had access to sensitive information from Canada and its allies in the Five Eyes community, which includes Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the United States.

"I would definitely imagine that there is concern amongst our Five Eyes community, as well as within Canada," Lucki said.

Authorities reportedly got wind of Ortis's alleged crimes through a separate investigation of a British Columbia company that provided encrypted mobile phones to drug traffickers and money launderers around the world.

Its chief executive admitted to racketeering in an American court in May and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

The FBI is said to have discovered emails from Ortis on the laptop of Phantom Secure Communications founder and key administrator Vincent Ramos.