Police raid journalist’s home over national security story
Officers from the Australia Federal Police (AFP) have raided the Canberra home of News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst in relation to a story published last year concerning potential new powers for the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).
The story included images of letters between the heads of the Departments of Home Affairs and Defence discussing whether the ASD should be allowed to monitor Australian citizens and businesses on home soil, rather than being limited to gathering intelligence on foreigners.
AFP officers produced a warrant to search Ms Smethurst’s home, computer and mobile phone, but said no arrests are expected to be made at this stage and that the warrant was being executed in relation to “alleged unauthorised disclosure of national security information”.
In a joint statement released after the story was published in 2018, defence secretary Greg Moriarty, Home Affairs secretary Mike Pezzullo and ASD Director Mike Burgess rejected the story’s claims.
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