A senior Canadian police intelligence officer accused of stealing and sharing highly classified materials pleaded not guilty as his trial started Tuesday.
Cameron Ortis, 51, was the director general of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) national intelligence co-ordination unit until his arrest in September 2020.
As such, he had access to sensitive information from Canada and the powerful Five Eyes intelligence alliance to which Canada belongs along with Australia, the United States, Britain and New Zealand.
His arrest convulsed the national security and intelligence community, with then-RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki saying that the alleged betrayal caused much concern within the Five Eyes system.
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