Collaery called it a good day for the Australian justice system.
Bernard Collaery (left), accompanied by his partner, left the ACT Magistrates Court in November 2021. Mr Collaery was indicted for four years after he was accused of leaking classified information about an alleged Australian spy operation in East Timor Source: MONKEY † Lukas Cocho
“I am very pleased that the new Attorney General has looked into this prosecution and all that it entails and has taken steps to end the case,” he said.
“This is an exceptional case – governments must protect secrets, and our government remains”
“From war crimes in Afghanistan to misogyny in Parliament House, there are many important stories that would never have been told without the courageous actions of those who spoke out.”
Attorney General Mark Dreyfus used his own power to stop the prosecution before the case went to trial later this year. Source: MONKEY † Mick Tsikas
Labor MP Alicia Payne, who previously called the prosecution “unjust” and “absurd”, was also enthusiastic about the outcome.
Witness K, allegedly acting under orders from then-ASIS head David Irvine, allegedly installed listening devices in East Timor’s cabinet room as Australia and its nascent democracy prepared to cut up lucrative resources.