Whistleblowers beware: AFP reveals investigations

Data retention scheme will capture whistleblowers, rather than journalists, as the Australian Federal Police has revealed a hidden crackdown on public servants.

It’s a sensitive number that the Australian Federal Police had until now kept hidden: how many Commonwealth public servants have been investigated for unauthorised release of information.

The magic number is 13 referrals over 18 months, and comes as journalists, lawyers and various other groups seek professional exemptions to the government’s metadata retention plans.

The admission came in the form of a clarification from AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin, that no, they don’t really need to target journalists:

“Commissioner Colvin said that over the past 18 months, the AFP has received 13 referrals relating to the alleged unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information in breach of section 70 of the Crimes Act.

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