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    "That mystique would carry through to his years at UBC where he threw himself into his PhD work. His research into cyber-security threats and transnational crime took him across East Asia, where he interviewed many players in the underground world of hacking. His frequent travel earned him the nickname “Spy Cam.”

    Far from a loner, Ortis had plenty of friends and would engage in chatter about politics over beers. There were things happening in the world though that also caused him great distress and weighed on him — and that’s what appears to have driven him into a life of public service.

    Ortis’s former classmates at W.J. Mouat Secondary, where he graduated in 1990, say he grew up in a loving family. Online records show that his father, Dave Ortis, was a pastor at the local Emmanuel Mennonite Church during that time period.

    In Grade 10, Ortis was sort of a geeky kid with thick glasses. But in his senior years, former classmates recalled, he underwent a transformation, growing his hair long.

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    Not long after graduation, Ortis took a trip to eastern Africa as part of a humanitarian mission to deliver food. But Parry, a former Vancouver Sun journalist, says there’s an intriguing bit of detail that has formed part of the “accepted narrative” that has stayed with friends over the years.

    According to the narrative, Ortis encountered one of his first brushes with danger after he and a companion were apparently kidnapped briefly by locals and then had to talk their way to safety. Parry said one of Ortis’s closest friends told him recently that Ortis was shaken up after that trip and friends surrounded him to try to keep him busy.

    Ortis completed a master’s degree at McMaster University in Hamilton. Online records show the title of his thesis was: “The Asian economic crisis: the changing nature of the relationship between domestic institutions and the international system.”

    His interest in Asia continued at UBC, where he pursued graduate studies from 1999 through 2006. He cites in the opening pages of his PhD dissertation the reasons why he homed in on East Asia as the focus of his study into cyber intrusions. In part, it’s because of the region’s “growing reputation as a breeding ground for software piracy, crackers, virus writers and lackadaisical system administrators. The region plays host to the most advanced use of the Internet by organized crime groups.”

    His field work over several years took him to eight cities in Asia where he interviewed government officials, engineers and members of the “hacker community.” He describes the “precarious undertaking” of pushing for face-to-face interviews to ensure that he was dealing with sophisticated crackers — or network intruders — and not low-level “script kiddies.”

    In his dissertation, he thanks the “anonymous individuals … who graciously agreed to speak” to him and thanks family and friends for their understanding during his “many absences.”

    When it came to Ortis’s views in the post 9/11 world, his opinions weren’t radical, but they were critical, friends said. And the way he expressed them went beyond superficialities like “Bush is a prick,” Parry said.

    His approach to politics was not conservative versus liberal, but layered and took into account forces influencing politics and war beyond the ones covered in the press.

    In 2007, Ortis started his career with the RCMP. This was during a period of aggressive recruitment of civilian analysts.

    He spent several years in the National Security Criminal Investigations program, said Angus Smith, a retired senior intelligence advisor who worked in the same unit.

    Smith worked as a strategic analyst, meaning he would take mostly open source information about events going on in the world, break it down and try to make sense of it. Ortis, on the other hand, was a tactical/operations analyst, meaning he would take information gleaned from investigations and try to make linkages.

    Smith said he was struck by the depth of Ortis’s intelligence.

    “I remember talking to him a couple of times about books people had written about crime and terrorism. I was always impressed with the academic rigor he brought to critiques of those books.”

    Allan Castle, former civilian member in charge of criminal intelligence analysis for RCMP’s E-Division in B.C., never worked with Ortis but remembers being copied on emails with other senior management and seeing Ortis’s name in the mix. It was clear he was on the fast-track.

    “He was starting to orbit the throne.”

    In 2013, the force underwent a major re-organization within its federal policing branch, leading to the creation of a new unit called the National Intelligence Coordination Centre.

    Ortis became its director-general with access to Canada’s intelligence files, as well as those of our allies.

    Some media reports have suggested he came across as arrogant. Others say he was confident but mostly unassuming and not one to seek attention.

    Ortis’s contact with his B.C. friends diminished over time, but during one visit back home, Parry remembers Ortis joking that he was Jack Bauer’s boss, a reference to the fictional counter-terrorist agent in the popular TV show “24.”

    Lucki, the commissioner, confirmed this week that the RCMP was first alerted abut possible “internal corruption” last year while the agency was supporting the FBI in an investigation. That probe, multiple media outlets have reported, centred on a Richmond, B.C., man, Vincent Ramos, who admitted to investigators that his company, Phantom Secure, helped to facilitate the flow of cocaine and other drugs around the world by supplying high-level traffickers with encrypted communications devices designed to thwart law enforcement.

    Citing security documents, the CBC has reported that investigators believe Ortis reached out to Ramos by email to offer “valuable” information.

    None of the allegations against Ortis have been proven in court.

    Smith said news of the charges made him feel sad. If the alleged breach is extensive, one can’t help but wonder about all the long-term work that goes into criminal investigations. “Was it all for nothing?”

    Castle said he and other senior managers “sweat a lot of blood” in the 2000s to get the RCMP to “civilianize” key roles and attract people from outside the core policing stream.

    “If the allegations are proven, it would be frustrating that someone who perhaps had the highest-profile career as a civilian … has made these missteps,” he said.

    “My concern would be this would be a setback to those efforts because they’re still important.’”
    I live among lots of sheeple and dim witted who like to think they are good Canadians for voting Lieberal

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    Out on bail!


    Alleged RCMP secret leaker Cameron Ortis granted bail

    Cameron Jay Ortis, a senior high ranking RCMP official accused of breaching Canada's official-secrets law, and passing on national secrets has been granted release on bail with strict conditions.
    I live among lots of sheeple and dim witted who like to think they are good Canadians for voting Lieberal

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    Double up
    I live among lots of sheeple and dim witted who like to think they are good Canadians for voting Lieberal

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    I wonder how long it'll be till we read the headline, "alleged RCMP secret leaker Cameron Ortis found dead; Russia and China deny involvement".

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    Ortis’s former classmates at W.J. Mouat Secondary, where he graduated in 1990, say he grew up in a loving family. Online records show that his father, Dave Ortis, was a pastor at the local Emmanuel Mennonite Church during that time period.
    Half of the Fraser Valleys most notorious gang members went to Mouat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awndray View Post
    I wonder how long it'll be till we read the headline, "alleged RCMP secret leaker Cameron Ortis found dead; Russia and China deny involvement".
    If he had been spying for the Clintons he’d already be dead...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strangeday View Post
    If he had been spying for the Clintons he’d already be dead...lol
    Dead like the Sherman’s?

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