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‘Complete secrecy’ in Witness J case ‘should never be repeated’: Human Rights Law Centre | The Canberra Times



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The Human Rights Law Centre has called for urgent reform of national security laws to prevent a repeat of the “wholly unprecedented” situation in which a former Australian intelligence officer was jailed in “complete secrecy”. Witness J, as he has come to be known, spent 15 months locked up in Canberra’s prison after being prosecuted and sentenced behind closed doors in the ACT courts. The case only came to public attention after he had been released, and the little information that is available shows he had pleaded guilty to charges related to “mishandling classified information”. Former federal attorney-general Christian Porter has said the information was of a kind that “could endanger the lives or safety of others”. The…

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