Friday 21st of September 2018

a pointless and politically-motivated persecution...


The attorney general has been accused of breaching his obligations to the Senate by refusing to properly answer questions on the controversial prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery.

The case against Collaery and Witness K is due to first appear in the ACT magistrates court next week, amid continuing protest over what critics see as a pointless and politically-motivated prosecution.

Collaery and Witness K are being prosecuted for their roles in helping to reveal a covert operation mounted by Australian spies against an ally, Timor-Leste, to gain a commercial advantage during sensitive oil and gas negotiations.

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick has been one of many championing the cause of Witness K and Collaery, who face up to five years behind bars if convicted.

In early July, Patrick asked a series of detailed questions on notice in the Senate about the prosecution, which was consented to by attorney-general Christian Porter. He asked, among other things, when commonwealth prosecutors began preparing a case against Collaery and Witness K, and on whose instructions. Patrick asked which departments and agencies were consulted, and whether senior intelligence and defence figures were aware or informed of the plan.

Porter’s response this week did little more than confirm the prosecution was occurring, and that he had given his consent. “As the matter is before the court, it would not be appropriate to comment further,” the response said. “Regarding Senator Patrick’s questions relating to alleged Asis activities, it is the long-standing practice of the Australian government not to comment on the operation of our intelligence agencies.”


We should be appalled by Porter. he is unfit to be in his position.

australian espionage to rob timor leste...

The Australia–East Timor spying scandal began in 2004 when the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) planted 200 covert listening devices in the Timor-Leste Cabinet Office at Dili, to obtain information in order to ensure Australian interests held the upper hand in negotiations with Timor-Leste over the rich oil and gas fields in the Timor Gap.[1] Even though the Timor-Leste government was unaware of the espionage operation undertaken by Australia, negotiations were hostile. The first Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Mari Alkatiri, bluntly accused the Howard Government of plundering the oil and gas in the Timor Sea, stating:

"Timor-Leste loses $1 million a day due to Australia's unlawful exploitation of resources in the disputed area. Timor-Leste cannot be deprived of its rights or territory because of a crime."

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer ironically responded:

"I think they've made a very big mistake thinking that the best way to handle this negotiation is trying to shame Australia, is mounting abuse on our country... accusing us of being bullying and rich and so on, when you consider all we're done for East Timor."

Witness K, a former senior ASIS intelligence officer who led the bugging operation, revealed in 2012 the Australian Government had accessed top-secret Cabinet discussions in Dili and exploited this during negotiations of the Timor Sea Treaty.[3] The treaty was superseded by the signing of the Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS) which restricted further sea claims by Timor-Leste until 2057.[4] Lead negotiator for Timor-Leste, Peter Galbraith, laid-out the motives behind the espionage by ASIS:

"What would be the most valuable thing for Australia to learn is what our bottom line is, what we were prepared to settle for. There's another thing that gives you an advantage, you know what the instructions the prime minister has given to the lead negotiator. And finally, if you're able to eavesdrop you'll know about the divisions within the East Timor delegation and there certainly were divisions, different advice being given, so you might be able to lean on one way or another in the course of the negotiations."

The espionage revealation led to Timor-Leste rejecting the treaty on the Timor Sea, and referring the matter to The Hague. In March 2014, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Australia to stop spying on East Timor.[5] The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague considered claims by Timor-Leste over the territory until early 2017, when East Timor dropped the case after the Australian Government agreed to renegotiate. In 2018, the parties signed a new agreement which split the profits 80% East Timor, 20% Australia.

Read more:–East_Timor_spying_scandal

poor fellow our country ...

I wonder when Porter will give us an update into the investigation of "Fishnets" Downer's activities on behalf of Woodside while he was Minister for Foreign Affairs?

They are all unfit to be in their positions Gus ... the basest of creatures all of them.

What kind of country could be proud of such a pissant government?

What kind of people have such little self-respect that they can tolerate such a bunch of carpetbaggers?