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RCMP commissioner to answer questions about arrested intelligence director

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police "E" Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. A veteran Mountie says the arrest of an RCMP intelligence official on charges of trying to disclose secret information should serve a warning for the force as it tries to attract more civilian employees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

OTTAWA — Top Mountie Brenda Lucki is to address the case of the RCMP employee charged with trying to disclose secret information today.

The force’s commissioner is giving a news conference at the force’s headquarters in suburban Ottawa at 1 p.m. local time.

Cameron Jay Ortis, 47, faces charges under the Security of Information Act as well as two Criminal Code provisions for allegedly trying to disclose classified material to a foreign entity or terrorist group.

Ortis, who was director general of the RCMP’s National Intelligence Co-ordination Centre, began his career with the Mounties in 2007 after earning a doctorate in political science. 

Lucki says the force is trying to assess and deal with the damage that might have been caused.

She’s promising to update the public on the investigation and to take questions for the first time since Ortis was arrested last Friday.

The Canadian Press