BREAKING: German email company says alleged RCMP mole has lied and damaged their reputation
"Ex-Spy Lied: Tutanota Is Not A Honeypot": Email company responds to Cameron Ortis jury trial claims
A German secure email service has responded to the sensational claims made by alleged RCMP mole Cameron Ortis, in a sensitive court hearing barred to Canadian media.
According to court transcripts released to The Bureau Friday — after a Canadian judge vetted the documents for national security reasons — Cameron Ortis claimed to a jury that he leaked classified Five Eyes intelligence and RCMP operational plans to a network of alleged terror financiers, as part of a secret intelligence strategy.
Ortis claimed that a foreign intelligence agency had asked him in late 2014 to lure Five Eyes targets onto a secure email platform called Tutanota, in order to secretly monitor criminal networks that threatened Canada and its allies.
Tutanota was actually a mocked up “storefront” company controlled by this foreign intelligence agency, Ortis told the jury.
As the The Bureau has reported, a Canadian prosecutor undermined Ortis’ story in cross-examination, telling the jury Tutanota was simply an email service provider that Ortis and a Vancouver criminal happened to use, in Ortis’ efforts to clandestinely share RCMP secrets, in exchange for cash. Ortis faces six charges in the case.
Outside court, elite former RCMP officers that worked with Ortis, have responded to his story publicly and privately, saying it appears to be an attempt to hoodwink jury members who don’t understand how law enforcement and intelligence agencies really operate.
Monday morning Tutanota responded to the testimony of Ortis in an email to The Bureau.
The company and its principals, who said they only respond to valid orders from German courts, have not provided evidence in Ortis’ Ontario Superior Court trial.
“We would like to clarify that the allegations made against Tuta by Mr. Ortis are completely false,” Tutao GbmH said in an emailed statement.
“Tutao GbmH is not owned or operated by any secret service, nor is it a "storefront" as claimed by Cameron Ortis.”
Tutanota says it was founded in 2011 by two German university students in Hanover, Arne Möhle and Matthias Pfau.
Corporate records reviewed by The Bureau show that the company is located in Hanover and Möhle and Pfau are its principals.
“It is unbelievable that someone on trial for a crime could make such a claim about our secure email service, Tuta,” Matthias Pfau, co-founder of Tuta, said in a statement.
“It feels very wrong that an individual, most likely trying to deflect his own crimes, can damage our reputation in this way. Regardless, we will be fully transparent in this matter, as we have no ties to any intelligence agency.”
Ortis takes the stand again on Tuesday.
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