Aussie state gov't left red-faced after accidentally publishing name of secret intelligence agent
SYDNEY -- Australia's Queensland state
government has issued an apology after publishing the name of a secret
intelligence agent by accident.
It was first
uncovered by the Guardian News outlet on Thursday evening. Queensland Premier
Annastacia Palaszczuk said the embarrassing blunder was an "administrative
error" and has now been removed.
Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) goes to extreme
lengths to keep the identities of their agents a secret, on this occasion the
name of the operative that was published as part of the state government's
ministerial diaries, remained online for up to one month.
Australian law, it is illegal to reveal the identity of an ASIO employee and
anyone who does so is liable to face up to 10 years in prison.
Although it remains
highly unlikely anyone will face prosecution due to the accidental nature of
the breach, other members of the state Parliament are calling for an inquiry
into the matter.
investigation must be carried out into this farce," Deb Frecklington, a
member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for Nanango, said.
compromised national security and compromised an intelligence officer who is
serving our nation."