Skip to content
Defence, Media

Monash Expert: David McBride sentencing

Monash University 2 mins read

Monash Expert: David McBride sentencing 

Following the sentencing of former army lawyer, David McBride, for stealing commonwealth information and passing it to the ABC, a Monash expert is available to comment on the case and its wider implications around whistleblowing and leaking information. 

 

Associate Professor Emma Briant, Associate Professor of News and Political Communication, Faculty of Arts

Contact details: +61 3 9903 4840 or media@monash.edu  

Read more about Associate Professor Briant’s articles on the Jack Teixeira case and leaks in policy press

The following can be attributed to Associate Professor Briant:

“Today the West's enemies have learned to hack documents and exploit evidence of shameful scandals and war crimes with viral campaigns often twisted into conspiracy theories. Facing such threats, governments have become uncompromising and secretive, punishing genuine public interest truth-tellers in a way that will only feed distrust and crush genuine journalism such as that enabled by McBride’s whistleblowing. 

“Not only will a decision such as this create an over-cautious press with its hands tied, at a time when strong journalism matters most to counter disinformation, the rollback of transparency creates opportunities for nefarious foreign hackers to fill the information vacuum on critical national security reporting with misleading, self-serving and distorted conspiracy theories that serve only Australia’s enemies. 

“McBride’s motives and actions, the nature of what he released and the respected outlet he provided it to - contrast with other recent leakers such Jack Teixeira, the recent Pentagon leaker who shared classified information on Discord for his reputation among his friends. 

“Treating every case as the same not only threatens journalism but also our ability to feel confident of the ability to hold our government accountable for human rights violations. While militaries need - and have - internal channels for whistleblowing and raising concern with superiors, real change may sometimes need public pressure.”

For any other topics on which you may be seeking expert comment, contact the Monash University Media Unit on +61 3 9903 4840 or media@monash.edu 

More from this category

  • Defence, Legal
  • 20/05/2024
  • 09:59
Parliament of Australia

Declared Areas Offence under review by the Intelligence and Security Committee

TheParliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Securitywill hold a public hearing for itsreview of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Declared Areas) Bill 2024(Declared Areas Bill) on Monday, 20 May 2024. Counter-terrorism provisions within theCriminal Code Act 1995(Criminal Code) include the ability for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ‘declare’ an area, making it a potential offence, punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment, for an Australian citizen, resident or visa-holder to enter or remain in the area. The declared areas offence is presently due to sunset in September 2024. The Committee has invited Government and non-government representatives to its hearing to…

  • Defence, Foreign Affairs Trade
  • 20/05/2024
  • 09:00
Parliament of Australia

Treaties Committee to examine defence cooperation agreement with Fiji

TheJoint Standing Committee on Treatieswill hold a public hearing on Monday, 20May2024 for its inquiry into theAgreement between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Fiji on Cooperation in the Field of Defence and the Status of Visiting Forces. Committee Chair,Mr Josh Wilson MP, said the agreement ‘would recognise Fiji as a key strategic defence partner of Australia, build on the longstanding defence and broader bilateral relationship between our two countries, and further our shared vision for security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.’ ‘The agreement would enable more frequent and sophisticated defence cooperation between Australia…

  • Media
  • 18/05/2024
  • 00:07
Baden Bower

Baden Bower Globalizes New York Brands’ Presence with Strategic Media Partnerships

SYDNEY, Australia, May 17, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baden Bower, one of the leading PR firms in New York, has initiated strategic partnerships with leading media outlets to expand the global presence of its clients' brands. By securing placements on authoritative news sites and utilizing a broad influencer network, Baden Bower boosts the visibility and credibility of the brands it serves.AJ Ignacio, CEO of Baden Bower, emphasizes the necessity of a dynamic, multi-channel public relations approach that guarantees client placements. "Our unique publicity model, supported by a money-back guarantee, provides brands the assurance to pursue impactful PR strategies that yield…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.