"Western governments want to send a clear signal to potential whistleblowers of the terrible punishment that awaits them if they do so."Let's be clear about Thom's position on this matter -- it isn't that Carnell said something different to what Collaery claims, or that there has been some misinterpretation: she insists that Carnell has told her there was never any such exchange of correspondence between the whistleblower and Carnell at all. If Brandis and the Keystone Cops of the AFP -- last seen apologising to the Seven Network for the Schapelle Corby raid and admitting they released confidential material on their own officers and suspects -- manage to get Collaery and the whistleblower into court, the strength of Carnell's and Thom's denials will be put under judicial scrutiny, perhaps with Thom in the witness box. It will also ensure plenty of coverage of how ASIS used the cover of an aid program to one of the world's poorest countries in order to help the Howard government better exploit East Timor over access to natural resources -- unless prosecutors move to gag reporting of the trial. Presumably Brandis and his chief of staff, former ASIO head Paul O'Sullivan, have thought through the risks of prosecution and assessed them against the broader objective, which is the same as that of the Obama administration. At a time when whistleblowers the world over are revealing scandals from within intelligence agencies, Western governments want to send a clear signal to potential whistleblowers of the terrible punishment that awaits them if they do so. That's why the government has now proposed "Snowden amendments" to intelligence services Acts to address the potential collection of documents by whistleblowers, and proposed a draconian restriction on the reporting of "special intelligence operations" that even News Corporation complained was an attack on free speech and a free press. And these will be backed up by a data retention regime that will make it easier to track down whistleblowers and the politicians and journalists who deal with them. For Brandis and intelligence agencies, the pursuit of Collaery and the whistleblower is intended as an exemplary punishment, to intimidate all those who would reveal the incompetence and illegal behaviour of our intelligence agencies.
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.