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Four Corners: Secrets, Spies and Trials
Secrets, Spies and Trials
ABC  |  August 26, 2019

In a Canberra court room one of the most controversial trials ever to be held in Australia will soon get under way. The case is highly sensitive, with key evidence central to the allegations unlikely to ever be heard by the public. A former spy and his lawyer have been charged with conspiring to reveal secret information relating to an Australian intelligence operation aimed at a friendly foreign government. The two men involved are a former intelligence operative known only as Witness K and his lawyer, the former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery. Witness K and Collaery are accused of disclosing an Australian bugging operation carried out in the government offices of Timor Leste in 2004. Four Corners investigates the extraordinary steps the Australian government has taken to prosecute these men and to keep them silent.

In a Canberra court room one of the most controversial trials ever to be held in Australia will soon get under way. The case is highly sensitive, with key evidence central to the allegations unlikely to ever be heard by the public. A former spy and his lawyer have been charged with conspiring to reveal secret information relating to an Australian intelligence operation aimed at a friendly foreign government. The two men involved are a former intelligence operative known only as Witness K and his lawyer, the former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery. Witness K and Collaery are accused of disclosing an Australian bugging operation carried out in the government offices of Timor Leste in 2004. Four Corners investigates the extraordinary steps the Australian government has taken to prosecute these men and to keep them silent.

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