Opinion

Secret whistleblower trial will only add to Australia's shame over spying cover-up

By Anthony Whealy
Updated August 29 2019 - 11:13am, first published 12:00am

The prosecution of Witness K, a former intelligence agent, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has raised considerable outrage. At issue is the right of the public to be given details of wrongful and shameful behaviour by the Australian government. In this case, it is alleged Australia bugged the offices of East Timor's prime minister in 2004 in an operation designed to betray a close and trusting nation, and to gain an unfair advantage in commercial dealings over gas and oil resources.

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