Alleged RCMP spy wrote his thesis on Asian cybersecurity and spoke Mandarin
Cameron Ortis, the
The thesis, titled “Bowing to
Ortis is listed on an official UBC list of graduates alongside his “principal supervisor” UBC professor Brian Job.
According to Job’s faculty profile, his main research interest is international security and he has served as the Director of the Centre of International Relations.
Ortis’ LinkedIn profile lists that he speaks Mandarin and has advised the Canadian Government for over 12 years.
The 262-page thesis largely focuses on cybersecurity with an interest in East Asia.
“The insecurities of the digital world call into question the efficacy and legitimacy of traditional state-based security when applied to new
“I also use the phrase ‘cyber-crime’ here as short-hand for conventional crimes that are enabled by the infrastructure such as industrial espionage which is theft and bot networks which
The complicated thesis discusses various ways for states, particularly in East Asia, to deal with cyber threats and how the changing virtual space is evolving.
Currently, the RCMP has yet to release any information about who Ortis allegedly shared confidential information with. Ortis is set to stand trial later today.
The Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP Asst. Comm. Dwayne McDonald fired back at people who have criticized RCMP officers in Surrey and the plausibility of a full Surrey Police Force swaying RCMP officers to leave for the force.
During an awards speech at the 23rd Annual Surrey RCMP awards, he called criticisms unfair, and reaffirmed RCMP officers’ ability to fight crime, saying they’ve been doing it for decades and will continue to do so.
“We can’t police a large city? We’ve been doing it since 1951. I would challenge any other large city in this country to police with the resources we do and do a better job,” said McDonald.
“I’m just saying, if you want more boots on the ground, give me more boots.”
McDonald didn’t specify who these critics were, but he openly suggested that government officials and others, who are probably being hyperbolic, should butt out and that their criticism isn’t valid.
“If I have to listen to one more ex-chief of police on life support or some fallen-from-grace former public official with an axe to grind or an uninformed academic call into question the integrity and professionalism and dedication of the men and women of the Surrey RCMP, I am going to snap,” said McDonald, who received great applause for his indignation.
“I’m just saying that some of these people have been put out to pasture for a reason, so let’s not forget it.”
Surrey RCMP have been coming under heavy scrutiny over the last three years due to increased gang activity in the region, reports Global News. Various people of note, specifically, former West Vancouver police chief and solicitor general Kash Heed and Ex-Mountie Chris Backus, have suggested the RCMP are unable to satisfy their duties and that some RCMP may switch the new Surrey Police Force if given the opportunity.
Clearly McDonald thinks that’s all nonsense and that the RCMP are doing the best possible job they can given the circumstances.
The British Columbia RCMP released a summary report of their investigation into the three homicides which took place in northern B.C. in August.
The report details the actions of the two suspects Kam McLeod and Bryar Schmegelsky before they eventually took their own lives in the dense bush of Manitoba. McLeod and Schmegelsky are believed to be responsible for the deaths of Lucas Robertson Fowler, Chynna Noel Deese and Leonard Dyck.
“Based on the autopsy findings, the firearms lab report, analysis of the scene and the content of the videos it is believed that McLeod shot Schmegelsky before shooting himself in a suicide pact,” claims the report.
During their press release earlier today, the RCMP announced that they would not be releasing the six videos and three images discovered on their cellular devices out of fear of inspiring copy cats.
“[The RCMP Behavioural Analysis Unit] believed that McLeod and Schmegelsky may have made the video recordings for notoriety and releasing them will be seen as an injustice to the victims and their families,” reads the report.
“In an effort to not sensationalize the actions of McLeod and Schmegelsky and to mitigate the potential of other individuals being inspired by McLeod and Schmegelsky to commit similar acts of violence, the videos will not be released to the public by the RCMP.”
In the videos both McLeod and Schmegelsky repeatedly take responsibility for the three murders and show no remorse for their actions. Their apparent plan was to continue killing more innocent people before hijacking a boat in the Hudson Bay and fleeing to Europe or Africa. They are also alleged to have discussed killing themselves.
The RCMP have also concluded that no clear motive could be declared in the murders but that the victims were picked opportunistically.
Other new information highlighted by the report includes the weapons used by the suspects. The guns, which were bought legally were two SKS rifles.
Furthermore, while on the Alaska Highway, another witness is alleged to have been approached by a man with a rifle before fleeing past a vehicle that matched the description of the suspects.
The pair were also stopped by a constable who failed to recognize them before letting them go in Split Lake, Manitoba.
While the Trudeau blackface allegations hypnotize the country, Canadians need to realize that the very safety of this country might have been compromised.
The Cameron Ortis leaks could be the most severe intelligence attack since the Cold War, if not worse.
The media has devoted more time to using Trudeau’s foolish mistakes as a “teaching moment” than contemplating the severity of a compromise in
Several questions have gone unanswered in this entire affair.
Among those are: Who did Ortis try to sell his information to? How was he able to climb to the highest ranks of RCMP intelligence? How much information (if any) was obtained by an enemy entity? Why is the media not devoting more time to this story?
Not only has Ortis put Canada’s national secrets in jeopardy,
The Five Eyes intelligence community is composed of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
“By virtue of the positions he held, Mr. Ortis had access to information the Canadian intelligence community possessed. He also had access to intelligence coming from our allies both domestically and internationally,” said RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.
Due to our intelligence-sharing deals with our allies, Ortis could have potentially accessed severely damaging information about the alliance.
Depending on whether any of this got out, the harm to the current international order could be severe.
Ortis’ actions potentially jeopardized the lives of Canadians working internationally and domestically.
Considering the fact that Canada is currently involved in diplomatic disputes with India, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there are several possible suspects in the matter.
Canadians will not know unless the RCMP or the highest authorities in the land tell them. The fact is, we have the right to know. If our very national security is under threat, the Canadian government and civil service have a duty to tell us what is going on.
Ortis is expected to return to court on September 27 and Canadians need to pay attention. Of course, the election is an important and pressing concern, but on the other hand, the very security of our nation is at stake.
Personnel currently and formerly employed by Canadian intelligence services have warned about the possibility that six different countries are going out of their way to meddle in the Canadian federal election.
These countries include China, India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. Of
On September 16, several of these individuals, most of whom wanted to stay anonymous, spoke with CBC News over the potential for election meddling. They explain that many of the tactics employed by China, specifically, involve the insertion of foreign actors or spies who masquerade as diplomats, allowing them access to key positions and people of influence within the country.
“It’s not the new school of the Russians using the internet to interfere in the U.S. elections by moving public opinion in this direction or that direction. It’s the old way of trying to recruit people, trying to secure influence and make connections,” said former CSIS director Ward Elcock.
“Sometimes they’re seeking influence. They would like to affect Canadian policies.”
He called this form of spying “old school,” compared to “new school” methods of hiring teams of social media persons and coders to manipulate algorithms and search results.
However, both tend to target ethnically vulnerable communities (those who may still feel allegiances to home countries they or their parents are originally from. An example of this, that the CBC put out, would be targeting Chinese-Canadian communities and promoting rallies to promote pro-China MPs.
President of Insight Threat Intelligence and a former CSIS analyst Jessica Davis questions the effectiveness of using human actors in influencing election outcomes.
“Sometimes it can be very effective and states can put a lot of money behind a particular candidate and potentially get the outcome that they want,” Davis said. “But in other instances the electorate does what its wants to do and it’s very difficult to influence that.”
Currently, these concerns are not so great that it needs a formal address, but many are worried that operations may be ongoing.
“A spokesperson for CSIS wouldn’t comment on operations and ongoing investigations but said the agency “collects information about foreign interference as well as hostile state activities and provides advice and intelligence assessments to the Government about these events,” reports CBC.