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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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‘A statement regarding request to AFP to investigate Witness K/Collaery leak’

*Pic: Over the years I’ve noted “the child in the eyes” when a pollie is caught. It happened with Boris as he raced away up the stairs following the Brexit vote; it happened with Downer and Kerry O’Brien over the “things that batter”; and now we have Christian Porter in the Guardian being quoted, “Earlier, Porter was asked why ‘those who perpetrated the act’ had not been pursued – a reference to the fact nobody has been charged for bugging Timor-Leste’s cabinet rooms. He replied he did not understand the question and would not go into the substance of the Witness K matter before the courts.” The child’s eyes? Pic: Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

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Pic: of Bernard Collaery and Andrew Wilkie. Image from here … Rod McGurk, Associated Press

I have today written to the Australian Federal Police requesting they investigate the leaking of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions to Attorneys-General Brandis and Porter, in relation to the prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery.

On ABC TV yesterday, a journalist referred to this advice when defending the Government’s decision to go after Witness K and Mr Collaery.

If what the journalist said was true, then the AFP must investigate because it is a very serious crime to leak protected information, and the community should be very concerned that it was done for political purposes.

More broadly the decision to prosecute Witness K and Mr Collaery is an insane development because it was illegal to bug East Timor’s cabinet rooms in 2004.

Frankly the Government should establish a Royal Commission into the whole affair rather than trying to turn Witness K and Mr Collaery into political prisoners.

Andrew Wilkie will be available to discuss this matter at 12:15pm at Parliament House lawns, Hobart.

Download Andrew Wilkie’s letter to the AFP Commissioner …

180702_AW_to_AFP_commissioner.pdf

Guardian: Witness K scandal: decision to charge Timor-Leste bugging whistleblower was ‘independent’ Attorney general Christian Porter refuses to detail why he approved prosecution of former spy

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Chris

    July 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Rupert again?

    When will we be rid of this menace .. along with his disciples in Sky and Fox?

    When hell freezes over or the 3rd page man meets his maker?

  2. Teresa Maddox

    July 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    The lengths the government goes to, to avoid accountability and transparency!

    Thank goodness for those who speak up!

  3. john hayward

    July 1, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    If an outgoing political hack can instigate a criminal prosecution by browbeating the Federal DPP, and then tipping off a News Corp journo, then the greatest threat to national security is clearly political gangrene.

    John Hayward

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