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Maclean's reports that gunman in Nova Scotia shooting might have been working for RCMP

A Maclean's article investigating the Nova Scotia shooting and mass-murderer Gabriel Wortman has brought to light possible ties between the RCMP and the gunman.

The article published June 19 strongly considers whether Wortman may have been a confidential informant or agent for the RCMP, based on the information that he withdrew a large sum of cash just days before the shooting.

Wortman withdrew $475,000 from a Brink's location in Dartmouth on March 30 in hundred-dollar bills, transporting the money in a carry-all.

Maclean's obtained two videos of Wortman driving into the yard of the security facility, making a transaction inside, and then carrying a duffel bag filled with cash back to his car.

A source close to the police investigation of Wortman told Maclean's the money came from CIBC Intria.

A source familiar with RCMP undercover operations told them that's exactly how they pay confidential informants, saying "There's no way a civilian can just make an arrangement like that" and "That transaction alone proves he has a special relationship with the force." Another Mountie called it "tradecraft."

Maclean's also talked to a retail banking expert, who told them it was unlikely Wortman was cashing out his own savings.

The expert said under those circumstances the bank would likely order the money from Brink's, then count it out in front of the person requesting it, verifying identity and documenting it to make sure the money is going to the right person.

Wortman, who was shot by the RCMP during his attempted arrest following the shooting, was a denturist. He was also the owner of a company called Berkshire-Broman, which legally owns one of his police replica cars. There's no public evidence that either business would have any reason for handling such a large amount of cash.

Neither CIBC nor Brink's would give comment to Maclean's, and the RCMP has repeatedly stated they had no special relationship with Wortman.

A copy of the RCMP Operations Manual obtained by Maclean's quoted in the article states, "The identity of a source must be protected at all times except when the administration of justice requires otherwise, i.e. a member cannot mislead a court in any proceeding in order to protect a source."

A spokeswoman for the RCMP declined to answer any further questions from them, saying there is still an active ongoing investigation.

A law enforcement source told Maclean's that it's probable that Wortman was an agent, which would mean he had even more responsibility than an informant. "Informants are never paid more than a couple hundred at a time," a person briefed on RCMP operations told them. "Anything over $10,000 is agent money."

Former Mounties and investigators question why Wortman would turn against the force that was paying him such huge sums of money, point out that he would eventually be expected to testify and note that "This guy always wanted to be a Mountie. He was acting like a Mountie. He was doing Mountie things. It’s clear to me that something went wrong."

People on social media are saying "Based on the allegations in this story alone there's got to be a public inquiry."

Maclean's and others are saying ties to the RCMP could be a possible reason why previous complaints against Wortman of illegal guns and domestic abuse were ignored.

The story is so dramatic, people are also calling it "wild." Some, however, feel the piece is based on weak evidence.

Someone formerly from the RCMP even created a thread on Twitter discussing the issues with their reporting.

Another created a thread to explain how they feel "the speculation/nonsense in the article is epic."

Others are saying this "could easily turn into the biggest scandal in Canadian history."

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