Our foreign spy agency blatantly broke the law in 2004 when it bugged the East Timorese cabinet. But those who lawfully revealed it have been smeared and attacked.
After another estimates debacle, Vivienne Thom leaves the role of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security with its reputation badly damaged.
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.
The refusal of the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security to acknowledge major concerns about spying on East Timor reflects how broken our system of intelligence oversight really is.