I hope Mr McBride does not face a court room. Let alone a jail cell. But at the moment, that is exactly what he’s facing. There’s no – we’re getting no whispers, no signs at all, we’re preparing for trial.
Eleven days from now, an Australian citizen will fight for his life in a London court as the United States government seeks his extradition. If this Australian is extradited and manages to escape execution, he will still face an effective death sentence in the US, confined in extreme isolation for 175 years.
Lawyers for a military whistleblower, whose leaks exposed alleged war crimes, will attempt to force authorities to drop criminal charges by taking what they describe as unprecedented civil action.
Bernard Collaery is being prosecuted in secret by the Australian Government for his role exposing the Howard Government’s illegal bugging of the Timor-Leste Government in 2004. While little is known about what’s been said in court, we have prepared a short explainer on the background of the case.