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As politicians frolic, the Witness K scandal unfolds in a crowded courtroom

As politicians frolic, the Witness K scandal unfolds in a crowded courtroom

The greatest intelligence scandal of recent decades continued in a small Canberra court yesterday when Witness K and Bernard Collaery were put on trial. The government wanted to hide it.

Turnbull unveils bill to plant viruses on computer devices

Turnbull unveils bill to plant viruses on computer devices

The government has unveiled a bill to enable it to force tech companies to cooperate with its efforts to defeat encryption, including by planting viruses on devices.

A short and disturbing history of Australia’s spy scandals 

A short and disturbing history of Australia’s spy scandals 

Over and over, the history of intelligence services in Australia is that the only people made to suffer are those who reveal wrongdoing or incompetence.

National security can no longer be a matter of ‘just trust us’

National security can no longer be a matter of ‘just trust us’

Our national security agencies need to work harder to get information used to underpin decision into the public domain.

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

Half a billion extra on national security and the government won’t tell us why

The government is treating us with contempt by racking up hundreds of millions of dollars of extra national security spending without debate or transparency.

Keane: no politician has the spine to stand up to Australia’s intelligence state

Keane: no politician has the spine to stand up to Australia’s intelligence state

As the case of Witness K has made clear, if you stand up against Australia's intelligence apparatus you will be crushed, and elected officials will fall in line.

Former spook David Irvine appointed to head up FIRB

Former spook David Irvine appointed to head up FIRB

Irvine has no business or financial experience of any kind.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Spooks and stories ... Agriculture's Se7enish turn ... Dreamworld's nightmare ...

Meet the candidates for DFAT’s top job

Meet the candidates for DFAT’s top job

Giving the top job to a former spy chief would upset a lot of Australia's neighbours, but it's a distinct possibility.

Witness K gets international recognition

Witness K gets international recognition

It’s one of the more disgraceful, and criminally underreported, examples of the current government’s war on whistleblowers (and one entirely supported by Labor): the harassment of Witness K, the former ASIS agent who revealed ASIS’ illegal bugging of the East Timorese government in 2004 for the benefit of Australian resources companies. Later today, Witness K’s […]