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Spy Agencies Led ABC Raids

A Freedom of Information request by Senator Rex Patrick has revealed a secretive government agency, apart from the Australian Federal Police, was involved in the investigation that led to the raid on the ABC in June.

The AFP refused to release some of the documents because it said they related to an agency which is exempt from FOI.

Agencies which have complete exemption from the FOI Act include ASIO, Australian Signals Directorate and ASIS.

Patrick said the documents that he did obtain showed the AFP was targeting both journalists and whistleblowers.

The AFP’s reason for not handing over some of the documents related to “material relating to an agency which is exempt from the operations of the FOI Act.”

The raid on the ABC’s Ultimo headquarters related to the Afghan Files, a series of stories which detailed incidents where Australian soldiers in Afghanistan killed unarmed men and children.

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