Ex-Spy Charged for Leaks to Paper

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FOR the first time in the history of Australia’s domestic spy agency ASIO, one of its officers is to be charged under a section of its own act for allegedly leaking top-secret intelligence information.

A 28-year-old man has been summonsed to appear in court to face allegations that he released to The Australian “nationally classified” intelligence reports warning the Australian Government about the potential danger of bomb attacks in Indonesia in the months before the 2002 Bali bomb, which killed 88 Australians.

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wagga_wagga wagga_wagga 5:38 pm 20 Nov 06


Crikey have just sent out the following info on Steve Pratt………

Hope the URL works.


V e r y I n t e r e s t i n g.


Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 4:35 pm 20 Nov 06

Bonfire – I’d argue that Iraq was not invaded to prosecute the war on terror, but to secure & stabilise the world oil supply.

I’m sure you’ll call me a softhead for my troubles, but I think there’s some fairly compelling evidence that Saddam had neither the capacity nor the inclination to engage in terrorism. He was simply a wildcard influence in oil trading that the US could no longer tolerate.

Let’s not confuse going after terrorists with “defending our interests” in other spheres.

che che 2:15 pm 20 Nov 06

don’t worry ww, I see this guy as a whistleblower rather than a spy or traitor, he wasn’t trying to sell secrets to a foreign power or a hooker

equalitarian equalitarian 9:34 pm 17 Nov 06

Hey, Bonfire – that’s a good list of “foreign interests” we have. All health and sanitation and welfare for sure. No gold, copper, chromium, oil, rutile, platinum, uranium in those god-forsaken places, i guess.
Better add mercenaries in Fiji and a new excitement in Tonga to the list as well.

bonfire bonfire 5:02 pm 17 Nov 06

why do you assume unqualified support for all us foreign policy ?

its not the case.

aus and us govts differ in areas.

is it because we have deployed to afghanistan and iraq that you feel we are yankee lapdogs ?

we had an election. the issue was debated. the govt that took the decision to deploy those forces was returned.

im glad we are part of the war on terror. im sure the families of the australians that died in the twin towers and those that died in the bali bombings, or the ones that died when our embassy in jakarta was attacked are as well.

because if we cannot protect our interests, and assist an ally in protecting theirs – and deploy alongside when we have mutual interests then why do we even bother with a civilised society at all ?

some people have short memorys.

you think all these things occur in isolation, when they dont. you question the parts and not the whole. yet you swallow lefty pacifist horseshit completely.

sure war is unpleasant, but its not like your forced to do national service.

the adf and support agencies that take part in these deployments are all volunteers.

aich jay aich jay 4:39 pm 17 Nov 06


I like the sound of ‘hanged by the neck’.

Then agin, it might be a more effective punishment to be hanged by the gonads.

wagga_wagga wagga_wagga 4:35 pm 17 Nov 06


he was not a spy (in the full sense of the word)or traitor. It appears the situation was that the government said one thing to the public when it had classified information that said the opposite.

I understand he released the info because the government lied.

My question is what whistleblower pathways existed for alternative action on his part?

Absent Diane Absent Diane 4:05 pm 17 Nov 06

i think it is hanged… i distinctly remember getting proven wrong once when i said it was hung

and no they shouldn’t be shot/hunged.. if they have broken the law then they should go to jail

Absent Diane Absent Diane 4:02 pm 17 Nov 06

unfortunately the war on terror has only escalated terror. it wasn’t done with much intelligence… because you know I have been on the front line and am an expert in terorist warfare.. so I am an expert.. well thats actually a complete lie… but it sounds about right.

che che 4:00 pm 17 Nov 06

come on guys, who cares about foreign policy

the big question is…
should spies and traitors be shot? or hanged (or is it hung)??

wagga_wagga wagga_wagga 3:58 pm 17 Nov 06


16 sites for ADF deployment?

Is this current deployments?

Presumably this is over some time? or is this more just training advisers?

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 3:46 pm 17 Nov 06

Easy, tiger. I’m not in any way advocating removing ourselves from the US alliance. That would be a spectacularly dim idea. As Mr Murdoch said, “Administrations come and go”. I just question our unqualified support for current US foreign policy. I think we have (or had) more to lose by unquestioningly and wholeheartedly involving ourselves in the “War on Terror” than by taking a step back.

bonfire bonfire 3:06 pm 17 Nov 06

mr shab i’ll address this directly.

point please to US interest in the following ADF deployments:

solomon islands,
east timor,
Western Sahara,
Sierra Leone,
the border between Eritrea and Ethiopia,
The Balkans,
the line of control between India and Pakistan

because id love to knwo how ADF presence in these places is Australia just furthering US interests.

Have you idiots ever anlalysed this green socialist shite that spouts out of a sewer.

when oz and us interests coincide its natural for oz to assist.

we are both western liberal democracies so we have a great deal in common.

and when an ally asks for assistance, its an ida to help them out. you never know when that favour might be called in – and that doesnt always mean those actions are made public.

sl sl 2:47 pm 17 Nov 06

Morality should not come into the equation considering the unscrupulous values upon which this field of employment is based upon.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 2:44 pm 17 Nov 06


simto simto 2:23 pm 17 Nov 06

Oh, I’ll agree that he’s legally bound not to reveal the information. And that, if necessary, he should go to prison for revealling it.

I just don’t necessarily see that it’s morally wrong. However, if he chooses to be a prisoner of conscience, that’s a decision that has to go all the way, and have all the necessesary consequences that it brings.

sl sl 1:57 pm 17 Nov 06

Hi Che. I obviously posted the article to gauge everyone’s opinion on the matter (and am expecting to receive some uninspiring remarks).

In any event, this guy signed the same paperwork as any other employee be it at ASIO, ASIS, whatever, which binds him not the release any information outside of those directly relating to his employment. Moral reservations or not, his duty was not to release the information.

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 1:43 pm 17 Nov 06

I think Maelinar’s critique was more aimed at government policy than at senior defence and intel, bonfire. Public servants are there as the action arm of government policy, and can only be “Yankee lapdogs” if that is what the government of the day’s policy is.

The govenment is there to look after Australia’s interest alright – but I (and it think Maelinar) question the wisdom of aligning our foreign policy so squarely with that of the current US administration and their “for us or agin’ us” stance. I’d be prepared to review that position under another US administration.

bonfire bonfire 1:18 pm 17 Nov 06

maelinar what utter gobshite.

i cut a posting short because i wanted to serve my nations interests first and not anothers.

did i whinge and go the media ?

no – i took appropriate action and happily continued in that profession for another 8 years working collaboratively with second parties.

i think you read too much green left if you think our senior defence and intelligence officials are yankee lapdogs.

they know what our interests are, and what mutual interests are.

i think it was lord balfour who said no nation had permanent allies, only permanent interests.

in areas where there are no mutual interests i rarely saw australian involvement.

now if you think that we have more in common with say the burmese dictators or the chinese one party dictators, or any other regional disfunctional state than with progressed western liberal democracies – then you are smoking crack.

anti-us propaganda mouthing by you and your fellow softheads betrays a deep lack of any real analysis of modern geo-politics.

seepi seepi 12:16 pm 17 Nov 06

I’m sure there are times when leaking is justified. If the powers that be have gone right off the rails, then people need to know what really happened eg – children overboard.

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