The grim story the Government didn't want you to read
Yesterday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided the house of journalist Annika Smethurst in relation to reporting that the Federal Government was considering spying on Australians.
This raid has been backed up today with a raid on the ABC offices in Sydney by the AFP over a series of 2017 stories known as The Afghan Files in which hundreds of pages of secret defence forces documents were leaked to the ABC exposing deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces.
The Afghan Files are confronting and a bad look for the Federal Government and the defence force. There's little surprise that the leaking of these documents would have angered some politicians and high-ranking defence servicemen and servicewomen.
Without the leaking of these documents, there is a likelihood that a large number of these incidents would never have seen the light of day until our invasion of Afghanistan was long forgotten.
Do you feel the whistle-blower was justified in releasing these documents to the ABC? Are you concerned with the actions of the AFP to raid journalists over whistle-blower journalism?