More than a year after News Corp Australia journalist Annika Smethurst reported on secret discussions about the introduction of new powers that would allow the electronic intelligence agency, The Australian Signals Directorate, to spy on Australians, federal police officers raided her home. The seven hour search was described by police as part of an investigation into “alleged publishing of information classified as an official secret”. Police went through Smethurst’s home, belongings and electronic devices.
Smethurst remains in legal limbo unsure if she is under investigation or facing charges.
Image credit: Kym Smith, staff photographer, News Corp Australia