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The former head of Canada's federal police intelligence unit, accused of leaking top secret information to targets of investigations, testified he did nothing wrong, according to a transcript released Thursday.

Cameron Ortis, 51, was the director general of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) national intelligence coordination unit until his arrest in September 2020.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges that convulsed the national security and intelligence community of trying to sell sensitive secrets from Canada and the powerful Five Eyes intelligence alliance — to which Canada belongs with Australia, the United States, Britain and New Zealand — to individuals linked to criminal groups.

Ortis testified in his own defense last week in-camera as many of the details surrounding the case may not be divulged due to national security.

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