Brandis moves to jail whistleblower and lawyer for revealing ASIS scandal

The government's move to prosecute a whistleblower and his lawyer for revealing an ASIS scandal illustrates its determination to send a signal to all potential whistleblowers.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

For several years, Crikey has been covering the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers, in which a number of intelligence whistleblowers, even those who reveal vast incompetence or illegality within US intelligence agencies, are prosecuted by Obama’s Department of Justice. Currently, former CIA analyst John Kiriakou is in jail for revealing the CIA’s use of torture — the only person to be jailed over the agency’s use of torture, or its efforts to halt and spy on the congressional committee inquiry into its use of torture.

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  1. JohnB

    Why does the Government continue to showcase Brandis and his tendency towards recklessly unpopular policies? Surely, policies such as this article discusses have the potential, indeed, the promise, that they will explode in the face of those who promote them.

    Brandis is not an asset to the LNP Coalition, except as an example of “worse than Abbott”.

  2. leon knight

    Why should reckless and poorly thought out proclamations, together with divisive, vindictive and pig-headed thinking, be a barrier to being a front-runner in the TA policy machine?
    Brandis is eminently qualified as spear-thrower in this inept government….

  3. Djbekka

    Not such a proponent of free speech after all. Somehow it seems to depend on who is speaking and what is being spoken about. Not my understanding of the term Mr. Brandis.

  4. Djbekka

    Not exactly a proponent of free speech here. Does free speech depend on who is talking and the subject? Not my definition of free speech, Mr. Brandis. Surely how we treat weaker allies and regional partners is a matter of public interest.

  5. Inscrutable

    This should be front page news. We don’t have a democracy (ie cannot make informed decisions/voting) if we don’t know what our government is doing on our behalf.
    It’s hard to claim the moral highground on things when our government is doing things in secret that are immoral (or illegal).

  6. rhwombat

    “Poop Poop!” said Toad, sitting in the ditch with a beatific smile on his face.

  7. CML

    This government is going to hell in a hand-basket!
    It will all end very badly for the rAbbott and his motley crew!!
    Might take a while though. We have at least two more years of the lies, incompetence, fraud and arrogance from this disgusting lot.

  8. Gavin R. Putland

    Whatever the anti-whistleblower “laws” may say, if the jury acquits the whistelblower, the acquittal is binding. Tell it to all and sundry.

  9. Yclept

    I feel sooo safe living in a right wing police state…

  10. Luke Hellboy

    Let no good deed go unpunished…

    @CML – the problem is they’re going to drag us down to hell with them

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