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(AUSTRALIA) ACT Magistrates Court Report: A former senior spy known as “Witness K” has pleaded guilty to conspiring to reveal classified information #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.18: The former spy is facing a sentencing hearing that, barring any further disputes over the facts of the case, will run for two days and determine what punishment he will face.

Former Australian spy ‘Witness K’ has been charged with conspiring with his then-lawyer Bernard Collaery to reveal information about alleged spying by Australia on the East Timor cabinet during sensitive oil and gas treaty negotiations.

Seven protesters stand with signs urging for the "real criminals" to be charged for people to "tell the truth".
Supporters of “Witness K” and his then-lawyer Bernard Collaery have staged multiple protests outside the Canberra courts in the past few years.(AAP: Lukas Coch)

In 2019 Witness K indicated he would plead guilty to the charge, but his case has been slow to move through the courts, and it was not until today that he formally entered his plea before a magistrate.

The ACT Magistrates Court mandates that an accused must plead in person, so during today’s plea, Witness K was concealed behind tall black screens in a corner of the court, to keep his identity secret.

ACT lawyer Bernard Collaery photographed in front of dark background in Canberra
Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery is fighting his conspiracy charge.(ABC Radio Canberra: Clarissa Thorpe)

Witness K and Bernard Collaery charged under Intelligence Services Act

Both Witness K and Mr Collaery were charged in 2018 with conspiring to reveal secret information.

The charge related to allegations Australian government agents bugged the cabinet room of East Timor during sensitive negotiations between the countries on oil and gas.

Witness K and Mr Collaery were each charged with a single count of conspiring to share information protected by section 39 of the Intelligence Services Act, which covers secrecy and the unauthorised communication of information.

Mr Collaery has chosen to fight his charge at trial.

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.18: 2021:

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