In a late Friday afternoon news dump, Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin has confirmed that a journalist's metadata was accessed illegally by investigators trying to hunt down a leak.

A week's worth of a journalist's call records were accessed by an officer earlier this year as part of an investigation into the leak of classified material to a journalist, Colvin said in a press conference late last Friday afternoon. Colvin said that this access was illegal because the officer involved in the investigation failed to obtain a warrant.