David Wroe

David Wroe

David Wroe is national security correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Canberra.

'Jedi Council' sex ring labelled women 'moles'

David Wroe The self-styled ''Jedi Council'' of army members who allegedly formed an internet sex ring used labels such as ''married mole number five'' and ''virgin mole'' for their female victims, it was...

Army abuse scandal details revealed

Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference in Canberra on Thursday 13 June 2013.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

David Wroe Members of the so-called Jedi council at the centre of the army's abuse scandal have been accused of disseminating a woman's address so others could 'get some action'.

Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

Michael Gordon, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Rudd government will begin processing the refugee claims of more than 22,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat since the resumption of offshore processing last year.

Warning of too little cash to maintain defence bases

Army

David Wroe The country's military bases are at risk of becoming dilapidated because of a long-term failure by federal governments to spend enough on their upkeep, a parliamentary budget review finds.

Same old rabble or game-changer?

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe What does the second coming of Kevin Rudd mean for Tony Abbott and the Coalition?

Soldier died while 'giving it his all'

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird

David Wroe, Daniel Hurst The Australian special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird.

Nightclub 'ritual' adds to Defence Force sex woes

Air Marshal Mark Binskin

David Wroe Male Defence Force recruits performed sexual acts on each other as an initiation ritual in a Canberra nightclub in the latest military scandal that has led to seven suspensions.

Defence knew of sex ring for years

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David Wroe An army reservist who was allegedly a key member of the ''Jedi Council'' internet sex ring was sacked by defence contractor Thales in 2010 - yet was not suspended by Defence until more than two years...

Defence hit with another internet sex scandal

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David Wroe Australian Defence Force investigating whether serving military personnel are linked to offensive Facebook pages that included grossly sexist and anti-Muslim posts - another blow to the military on...

Sex ring soldiers shared women

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Emma Partridge, David Wroe In a perverse game of show-and-tell, the group of army officers at the centre of an internet sex scandal circulated videos and photographs of naked women to challenge fellow ''Jedi Council'' members...

Army's sex ring pooled women

Army

Emma Partridge and David Wroe In a perverse game of show-and-tell, army officers at the centre of an internet sex scandal circulated videos and naked photographs of women to challenge fellow members of the ''Jedi Council'' to try...

ADF fails to shake its demons

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison

David Wroe Defence is reeling from another internet sex scandal in which at least 17 male army officers circulated footage of members having sex, tagged with demeaning commentary about the women.

Federal police spying on phone and internet records

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David Wroe Federal police are obtaining phone and internet records without warrants nearly 1000 times a week.

Refugee awaits Cairo reply

Egyptian asylum-seeker Sayed Ahmed Abdellatif.

Daniel Flitton and David Wroe The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.

Egyptian authorities to advise on refugee

Refugee

Daniel Flitton, David Wroe The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.

Fears over prisoners 'justified' as Afghan officials face charges

Defence Minister Stephen Smith

David Wroe Afghan officials are set to be charged with mistreating prisoners at a detention facility to which Australia had previously transferred suspected insurgents, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said.

Captain cleared of allowance fraud

David Wroe A high-ranking Navy officer found guilty last year of falsely claiming spousal allowances while having several love affairs has had his conviction quashed on appeal.

Military police pressured to make prisoners more 'pliable'

Diggers in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan,

David Wroe, Deborah Snow Military police in Afghanistan made prisoners more 'pliable' by gagging them and depriving them of sleep.

Military police pressured to make prisoners more 'pliable'

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David Wroe, Deborah Snow Military police at Australia's detention centre in Afghanistan were pressured to make prisoners more "pliable" by gagging them, depriving them of sleep and denying them exercise.

Fears Afghans abusing prisoners

A US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul.

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Australia has again suspended the transfer of suspected insurgents to some Afghan prison facilities in Tarin Kowt following allegations of abuse.