Canadian Federal Officer Arrested for Sinister Plot

( – A member of Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been arrested after being caught sending police records and other information to a foreign government.

Eli Ndatuje, a constable stationed in Alberta, has been charged with violations of the Canada’s Security of Information Act, which include breach of trust with respect to safeguarded information as well as unauthorized use of a computer.

Ndatuje, a naturalized citizen who moved to Canada when he was 14 years old, was found out to be sending sensitive information to the Republic of Rwanda. He has now been released from custody and but is set to appear before a court in Calgary next month. Ndatuje was also required to surrender his passport and report for fingerprinting. He is also barred from leaving the province.

In court documents, federal prosecutors have accused Ndatuje of passing along “safeguarded information” regarding the systems of the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) to the Rwandan government. Following discovery of the breach, the RCMP said that it has implemented additional security measures to better monitor the flow of sensitive information as well as prevent similar incidents from happening the future.

This is not the first time foreign actors have attempted to steal sensitive information from the Canadian government. Another member of the RCMP, William Majcher, was also recently charged similarly to Ndatuje, and is accused of using his government access to “obtain intelligence or services” that he would then sell to Chinese spies.

In another case, Cameron Ortis, the former head of the RCMP’s intelligence arm, was recently found guilty of violating the Security of Information Act, and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. A jury found Ortis guilty of using encrypted government devices to facilitate the distribution of illegal drugs in Canada as well as help sell information to foreign spy agencies.

Canada has recently stepped up its efforts to thwart foreign influence and interference in its government, amid reports that countries like China have been meddling in its elections, as well as what the Canadian government believes to be an assassination of a Punjabi activist by agents allegedly sent by the Indian government.

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