A criminal investigation has been launched into the leaking of classified information to the media pertaining to the Beijing regime's interference in Canada, the RCMP told The Epoch Times on March 6.
The investigation relates to violations of the Security of Information Act, as several national security sources have leaked information of a “secret” and “top secret” nature to Global News and the Globe and Mail in recent months.
The RCMP wouldn't confirm if the investigation is internal or external, with a spokesperson only saying that “this investigation is not focused on any one security agency.”
“As the RCMP is investigating these incidents, there will be no further comment on this matter at this time,” said Cpl. Kim Chamberland.
While the RCMP is investigating the leaks, a senior official told the Commons procedure and House affairs committee on March 2 there was no investigation into foreign interference related to the 2019 or 2021 elections.
“We did not receive any actionable intelligence that warned us to initiate a criminal investigation,” said Deputy Commissioner Michael Duheme.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Director David Vigneault said in committee on March 2 that his agency is investigating the leaks, along with other unspecified partners.
Much of the information leaked to the press is drawn from CSIS intelligence and investigations, but no media outlet has identified any of the information as coming from a CSIS employee.
Based on some of the media reporting published thus far, it appears that some of the leaks could have come from within the RCMP.
The article provided details of a CSIS investigation into a Toronto area businessman of Chinese origin.
The subject allegedly helped in 2019 to facilitate the transfer of about $250,000 from the Chinese consulate in Toronto to an Ontario MPP and a federal candidate staffer, who then redistributed the money 11 or more candidates.
A review of all the recent reporting from Global News and the Globe and Mail on Beijing’s election interference suggests there could be at least six sources leaking information if they are not talking to both outlets, with at least two of them being from the RCMP.
“Does it say something about the tensions that might exist?” asked Bloc Québécois MP Christine Normandin.
“I would say that in an intelligence agency like ours, there are always different points of view and very serious discussions,” Vigneault answered. “It’s not an issue that there is this kind of tension within CSIS.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thus far rejected such calls, saying current mechanisms are sufficient to deal with the issue.