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The ex-head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who is accused of leaking secrets, said he was acting on a foreign agency tip about a "grave threat," according to a transcript released Friday.

Cameron Ortis, 51, was the director general of the 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 — which also includes Australia, the United States, Britain and New Zealand — to individuals linked to criminal groups.

According to redacted transcripts of his video testimony, Ortis told the court he was contacted in the fall of 2014 by a counterpart at a foreign agency, which was not named.

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