Spy and his lawyer should not be prosecuted for exposing ‘wrongful practices by the government’, advocates say

Human rights campaigners have urged Australia to drop the prosecution of a former spy and his lawyer who helped expose a secret government mission to spy on Timor-Leste during lucrative oil and gas negotiations.

The case against lawyer Bernard Collaery and a former Australian secret intelligence service operative, known as Witness K, is expected to appear in the ACT magistrates court for the first time on Wednesday. If convicted, the pair face up to two years behind bars for disclosing information about the bugging of Timor-Leste government buildings in 2004, an operation that gave Australia the upper hand in talks to carve up resources in the Timor Sea.

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