Distinguished war correspondent Denis Warner OBE CMG, who has died at the age of 94, is being remembered for predicting the infamous raid on ASIO's headquarters during the Whitlam years.
He called the chief of staff's office at The Melbourne Herald very early one morning in the 1970s.
Journalist Ken Davis answered the phone and was told: ''Reliable source - Lionel Murphy is about to raid the ASIO offices in St Kilda Road. You have been alerted.''
Davis recounted the anecdote yesterday as former colleagues recalled Warner's long career and impeccable contacts.
''After the tip off, off we went and sure enough, half an hour later the Feds raided and an hour later Murphy (with press secretary George Negus beside him) swung around the corner in the white Commonwealth car to be met by cameras,'' Davis told The Canberra Times.
''Murphy was furious and blamed Negus. Denis's contacts were impeccable.
''He was unable to attend the 20-year memorial for the The Herald [Melbourne] a couple of years ago.
''[His wife] Peggy had just died and he was pretty feeble but he sent a message, that concluded: 'Just to remind you that this war correspondent has outlived seven gardening writers'.''
Warner served with in the Middle East from 1941-43.
After being discharged from the Army in 1945 he worked as war correspondent for American forces in the Central Pacific and as a war correspondent in the Philippines and Japan.
He worked for a number of media organisations during his long and distinguished career including Reuters-AAP in Tokyo, the Melbourne Herald and London Daily Telegraph,Reporter Magazine, Look and Asia Pacific Defence Reporter.
He and his wife Peggy wrote numerous books.
Warner was a member of the National Press Club which has advised members of his death in his sleep on Thursday night.
Warner was the father of Nick Warner, the head of Australia's overseas spy service, ASIS, who will deliver the first public speech in the organisation's history next week in Canberra, to commemorate the organisation's 60th anniversary.
Nick Warner is a former Defence Department secretary, ambassador and intelligence officer.
His speech is being organised by the Lowy Institute which says the event will provide ''a rare insight into an organisation which is by its nature secret''.
The role of ASIS is to gather intelligence overseas by clandestine means. The agency was created in 1952 and has grown by more than 350 per cent since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.