16 May 2024

Decision to jail Australian whistleblower "chilling", supporter says

From Nights, 10:45 pm on 16 May 2024

A five-year jail sentence handed down to an Australian whistle blower who helped expose allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan sends a chilling message, his supporters say.

David McBride has pleaded guilty to stealing and sharing military documents which he then leaked to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Emile Donovan speaks to Peter Griste, award-winning foreign correspondent and now professor of journalism and communications at Macquarie University, about the likely fallout from the case.

David McBride, accused of leaking The Afghan Files to the ABC.

Photo: Screengrab / ABC