On October 21, 2011 I wrote a story for the NT News about a Northern Territory Police Drug Squad raid on the
The story contained information and quotes from several confidential sources. (Read the NT News article)
NT Police launched an investigation in an attempt to identify my sources.
Under the threat of imprisonment, I refused to reveal the sources I spoke to. (My statement to NT Police)
Without my initial knowledge or consent NT Police accessed my telephone records in an attempt to identify who provide me with information about the raid on the Lord Mayor’s house.
An independent investigation found NT Police acted ‘unreasonably’ by accessing my telephone records and exposed ‘untruthful’ statements made by NT Police Commissioner John McRoberts. (Read the Ombudsman Report)
The investigation forced Northern Territory Police to change their process when accessing the phone records of private citizens.
Below are a selection of NT News articles detailing the ‘phone tapping’ and subsequent independent investigation.
Justin O’Brien – Journalist.
(Click link to view pdf of original article – NT NEWS 31 Jan 2011)
(click link to view pdf of original article – NT News – Jan 31, 2011)