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Timor Sea Spy Scandal

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May 18, 2022

ABC News - May 18, 2022

Elizabeth Byrne – Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery has asked to be allowed to call for more evidence from two former presidents of East Timor to support his case as a judge orders a tri

May 16, 2022

Australian Associated Press - May 16, 2022

The Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Supreme Court has ruled the lawfulness of an alleged Australian spying operation in East Timor is not relevant to whistleblower Bernard Collaery

The Guardian - May 16, 2022

Christopher Knaus – The federal government has successfully blocked Bernard Collaery from obtaining key documents about the lawfulness of the notorious spy operation against Timor-Leste

April 13, 2022

ABC News - April 13, 2022

Elizabeth Byrne – The High Court has put off considering whether details of an alleged Australian spying operation in Timor-Leste should remain secret during a criminal trial.

March 16, 2022

ABC News - March 16, 2022

Elizabeth Byrne – Evidence so secret that Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery himself cannot know what it is will be permitted to be used by Commonwealth prosecutors in a trial against him

February 10, 2022

ABC News - February 10, 2022

Stephen Dziedzic – Documents filed in court claim that Australia may have been monitoring the phone calls of political leaders in Timor-Leste in 2000, four years before Australian intel

February 8, 2022

The Guardian - February 8, 2022

Christopher Knaus – Former foreign minister Alexander Downer privately boasted that Timor-Leste was an "open book" to the Australian government in the year 2000, well before the infamou

February 2, 2022

The Guardian - February 2, 2022

Christopher Knaus – Newly released cabinet documents reveal Australia was preoccupied with the interests of major oil and gas corporations in the Timor Sea years before it bugged the Ti

January 18, 2022

The Guardian - January 18, 2022

Christopher Knaus – The federal government has been accused of making a "disgraceful" attempt to cast secrecy over a case relating to Australia's negotiations with Timor-Leste in the ye

November 10, 2021

The Guardian - November 10, 2021

Christopher Knaus – The federal government is attempting to introduce new "super-secret" evidence against Bernard Collaery in the Timor-Leste spying case, prompting fury from Collaery a

Crikey.com - November 10, 2021
Kishor Napier-Raman – The Bernard Collaery case is back in court today, as lawyers for Attorney-General Michaelia Cash try to introduce more secret evidence against him.

October 7, 2021

The Guardian - October 7, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Former Timor-Leste president Xanana Gusmao says the continuing prosecution of Bernard Collaery is an "insult" to his country and has urged Australia to drop the case

Brisbane Times - October 7, 2021

Kieran Pender – The sorry saga of the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, an eminent Canberra lawyer, has seen a number of unhappy chapters.

October 6, 2021

WA Today - October 6, 2021

Anthony Galloway – Sensitive details surrounding Australia's alleged bugging operation of East Timor will be heard in public after the ACT Court of Appeal ruled that requiring large par

Sydney Morning Herald Editorial - October 6, 2021

The ACT Court of Appeal has struck an important blow for transparency and the public's right to know in a judgment on Tuesday in the case of Bernard Collaery, the lawyer who blew the wh

The Guardian - October 6, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Former Witness K lawyer Bernard Collaery says a ruling that lifts secrecy over significant parts of his trial is a "victory for justice" and a testament to the legal

Crikey - October 6, 2021

Bernard Keane – In a significant defeat for the federal government and former attorney-general Christian Porter, the Supreme Court of the ACT has overturned secrecy orders demanded by P

August 15, 2021

The Guardian - August 15, 2021

Christopher Knaus – The government will be forced to defend its decision to withhold long-secret cabinet documents about negotiations with Timor-Leste in the years prior to the controve

August 12, 2021

SBS News - August 12, 2021

Anna Henderson – The federal opposition has committed to hold an inquiry into claims Australian spies were eavesdropping on the government of Timor-Leste during highly sensitive oil and

August 11, 2021

The Guardian - August 11, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Australia's 2004 spy mission targeting Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations was "neither legal nor initiated properly" and former prime minister John Howard i

July 4, 2021

ABC News - July 4, 2021

Elizabeth Byrne – I can't tell you who Witness K is.

June 22, 2021

World Socialist Website - June 22, 2021

Mike Head – A former senior Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) officer, known publicly only as "Witness K," was sentenced to a suspended jail term last Friday.

June 21, 2021

Sydney Morning Herald - June 21, 2021

Susan Connelly – Witness K's three months suspended sentence for conspiring to reveal classified information about an alleged spying operation arose from his guilty plea, which required

The Guardian - June 21, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Jose Ramos-Horta will formally request that Timor-Leste award Witness K the nation's highest honour, praising him for exposing "Australian government perfidy, bad fa

Sydney Morning Herald Editorial - June 21, 2021

Australia is giving its security agencies ever more powers to fight terrorism, foreign influence and international crime but the case of Witness K, which concluded on Friday, has raised

June 20, 2021

Associated Press - June 20, 2021

Canberra, Australia – Australia's suppression of information seen as pivotal to a free and open media is at the center of accusations that the country has become one of the world's most

June 18, 2021

ABC News - June 18, 2021

Elizabeth Byrne – The former Australian spy dubbed Witness K has been given a three-month suspended sentence for conspiring to reveal classified information about an alleged spying oper

The Guardian - June 18, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Witness K has been spared jail time for his role in exposing Australia's 2004 bugging of Timor-Leste with a Canberra court finding he appeared to be motivated by jus

Melbourne Age - June 18, 2021

David Estcourt and Anthony Galloway – The former Australian spy known as Witness K has been handed a three-month suspended sentence for conspiring to reveal classified information about

June 17, 2021

The Guardian - June 17, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Lawyers for the former intelligence officer Witness K have urged a court to spare him a criminal conviction for his role in unearthing Australia's bugging of Timor-L

WA Today - June 17, 2021

Anthony Galloway – The former spy known as Witness K has pleaded guilty to conspiring to reveal classified information about an alleged Australian operation to bug East Timor's cabinet

June 16, 2021

The Guardian - June 16, 2021

Christopher Knaus – Protesters supporting Witness K will gather at federal parliament to decry his treatment as he faces possible sentencing and "a very real prospect" of being jailed f

May 17, 2021

Sydney Morning Herald - May 17, 2021

Anthony Galloway – A two-day court hearing into an appeal brought by Witness K's former lawyer Bernard Collaery challenging a secrecy order is being held behind closed doors after his l

May 14, 2021

Sydney Morning Herald - May 14, 2021

Anthony Galloway – Lawyers acting for Bernard Collaery will next week challenge a court order requiring large parts of his trial to be held in secret as the long-running case continues

February 9, 2021

The Guardian - February 9, 2021

Christopher Knaus – The federal government's attempt to use "extraordinary" national security powers to obstruct Bernard Collaery engaging a highly respected barrister in the Timor-Lest

December 2, 2020

The Guardian - December 2, 2020

Christopher Knaus – The Australian lawyer Bernard Collaery has won a prestigious British free speech prize for his efforts exposing a secret Australian operation to bug Timor-Leste's fl

October 16, 2020

The Guardian - October 16, 2020

Christopher Knaus – The nation's peak legal group has thrown its support behind Bernard Collaery as he defends the Timor-Leste spying case, warning that laws used to shroud proceedings

September 30, 2020

The Guardian - September 30, 2020

Christopher Knaus – Government lawyers have invoked cabinet confidence in an attempt to stop Bernard Collaery and his team from viewing a briefing to the prime minister relevant to the

September 2, 2020

The Guardian - September 2, 2020

Christopher Knaus – The former Timor-Leste president Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Australia to show wisdom, honesty and compassion by stopping the unfair prosecution of Witness K and Bern

August 26, 2020

The Guardian - August 26, 2020

Christopher Knaus – Attorney general Christian Porter has been accused of abusing the National Security Information Act after interfering in court proceedings to screen documents held b

August 16, 2020

The Guardian - August 16, 2020

Ian Cunliffe – Timor-Leste only achieved independence in 2002. It was Asia's poorest country and desperately needed revenue.

July 23, 2020

Sydney Morning Herald - July 23, 2020

Ian Cunliffe – Anyone who is interested knows in their heart that the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, on behalf of the government, bugged the cabinet room and other offices of

July 16, 2020

WA Today - July 16, 2020

John Hewson – Scott Morrison has stated he wants to govern in the "Howard tradition", but sadly that has also entailed adopting the worst of John Howard's strategies: to admit or expla

July 11, 2020

The Guardian - July 11, 2020

Kim McGrath – In the first week of January 2019, a private jet landed at Presidente Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.

July 10, 2020

The Guardian - July 10, 2020

Christopher Knaus – Bernard Collaery has signalled he will appeal against a ruling that shrouds crucial parts of his trial in secrecy.

June 27, 2020

Eurasia Review - June 27, 2020

Binoy Kampmark – This week has not been a good one for the Australian legal system.

March 19, 2020

Inside Story - March 19, 2020

Hamish McDonald – With the release of his book detailing the sorry saga of Australia's negotiations with less well-equipped neighbours over oil in the Timor Sea, Canberra lawyer Bernar

November 27, 2019

ABC News - November 27, 2019

Elizabeth Byrne – Two ex-leaders of Timor-Leste and a former Australian cabinet minister have provided evidence in support of Bernard Collaery, the lawyer for Australian ex-spy "Witnes

November 15, 2019

Australian Associated Press - November 15, 2019

The former spy who revealed an Australian bugging scandal in East Timor will face a plea hearing in April.

October 17, 2019

Australian Associated Press - October 17, 2019

A Canberra court has shut down a private citizen's bid to provide advice to the court in a trial involving an East Timor bugging scandal.