Opinion

Secrecy, sure, but they have erased me: Witness J on his anonymous reality

By Witness J
Updated July 1 2021 - 5:07pm, first published May 29 2020 - 6:30pm
Witness J at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Picture: Supplied

Secrecy is not synonymous with evil. Functioning and modern democracies must have systems in place to protect certain kinds of information, to preserve human life and critical infrastructure or to promote economic success in the international arena. Australia is no exception, and our nation's sensitive information is classified from the lowly "Official Use Only" up to the top secret "Extremely Compartmented Information" level, where codewords are assigned and people are specially briefed on a need-to-know basis. In my last career, I was briefed into around 30 of these compartments, including the most sensitive information as it related to Western intelligence operations in China.

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