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Feb 12, 2014

Snowden a threat to Australian lives? Brandis refuses to show proof

George Brandis' accusation that Edward Snowden has placed Australian lives at risk is the same unfounded accusation we've seen before from national security politicians desperate to avoid scrutiny.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

United States whistleblower Edward Snowden had placed the lives of Australians at risk, according to Australian Attorney-General George Brandis, who made the sensational claim in Senate question time yesterday. Brandis’ statement marked a dramatic escalation in the government’s rhetoric against the whistleblower, and the first time the specific accusation of endangering Australians has been levelled at him.

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39 thoughts on “Snowden a threat to Australian lives? Brandis refuses to show proof

  1. Matthew of Canberra

    Of course not. Evidence would be “operational”

    But very very embarrassing is close enough.

  2. chas powell

    Brandis is a moron.

  3. zut alors

    The greatest threat to Australia is Brandis & his LNP mates with their lack of constructive policies and their Wall of Silence.

  4. Brian Williams

    Once again Brandis shows himself to be an intellectual lightweight of the worst kind.

  5. Dianne Longson

    Good article Mr Keane! Clearly Mr Brandis has a different definition of criminal behavior than I do. I think all the blustering about this issue by politicians in the US, UK and Australia is more reflective of their own wishes to behave as they want rather than as they should, than of any wrong doing by Mr Snowden.
    I would like to see stronger public questioning of the whole idea that Snowden has been a traitor in some way. To whom was he a traitor? In my view he did not betray his country. He reported wrong doing by the American Government and its agencies to the American people (who pay the government salaries) after finding no other way to manage it. How does that make him a traitor? Perhaps the meaning of the word traitor has changed without my knowledge! That it affected international relations is not relevant to the essence of the act and was what strategists might call “collateral damage”.

  6. klewso

    “Australians” like Downer, Howard, Woodside maybe?

  7. klewso

    Brancid is definitely a turdy general of note.

  8. Yclept

    It’s just the continued sending of a message to potential whistleblowers. In other words, if you dare to reveal their wrongdoing, you will be crucified.

    I feel young again as we approach 1984!

  9. MJPC

    If and when the ALP return to government I recommend a royal commission into the circumstances of Australia’s involvement in the Iraq war.
    That will show the Americans duped our sorry excuse for a government into becoming war criminals, something Mr Brandis seems to have forgotton (overlooked?) when considering history..
    Snowdon, Manning, Assange and the rest are all hero’s in that they had the guts to bring light to the shady world where innocent people are killed at the behest of corporations backed by government forces.
    As for governments leaking information, what like WMD’s where 1000’s of innocents were murdered in Iraq based on lies. The US Government admitted (Colin Powell) the intelligence agencies never broke Iraq military cyphers so any inside knowledge of WMD’s, even if they existed, would never have been obtained by the CIA or NSA.
    Let Brand and his merry men explain that one before criticising a hero.

  10. Jimmyhaz

    It boggles the mind that someone with such limited intelligence has reached the position he has.

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