Former Australian army lawyer in court over leak to media

CANBERRA, Australia - A former Australian army lawyer charged with leaking secret documents to journalists says his prosecution is not about protecting national security but concealing “a national shame.”

David William McBride made his first appearance in the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court on Thursday on charges relating to the leaking of classified documents about Australian Special Air Service involvement in Afghanistan to Australian Broadcasting Corp. journalists.

The leak was the target of a police raid on ABC headquarters in Sydney last week. The raid and another in a News Corp. reporter’s home have been criticized as attempts to intimidate media and led to complaints that Australian security laws undermine press freedom.

McBride represented himself during his brief court appearance and was released on bail to appear in court next on June 27.
Read more on Toronto Star
News Topics :
A former US government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified national security information to a reporter. Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested after allegedly providing...
Australian authorities say they have not decided whether they will prosecute journalists at the centre of controversial police raids. Broadcasters and rights groups have condemned searches by police at the...
CANBERRA, Australia The head of Australia’s public broadcaster said Friday she has “grave concern” about a recent police raid on the corporation’s headquarters in connection with a 2017 story...
Top Stories
The Canadian Forces did not investigate the 2017 leak of a letter from the country’s top soldier removing Vice Admiral Mark Norman from his job because it doesn’t consider the...
In the span of three days, Australian police have targeted both news organizations and journalists in a crackdown on the leak of confidential information that many are calling an affront...