Herald Sun

Ban lifts following WikiLeak

- SHANNON DEERY

A SUPREME Court judge yesterday revoked a suppressio­n order after its terms were published by WikiLeaks.

But Justice Elizabeth Hollingwor­th temporaril­y stayed the revocation until next month so the Federal Government can consider an appeal.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade last year sought a ban on publicatio­n of some evidence in the trial of Securency director Barry Brady for conspiring to corruptly deal with foreign bank officials to gain lucrative contracts to print banknotes.

DFAT argued publicatio­n could damage reputation­s of individual­s who were not the subject of charges and might risk national security and damage internatio­nal relations.

But the whistleblo­wer website published the order, detailing some of the suppressed material, and it was then republishe­d globally, though not by local mainstream media.

Justice Hollingwor­th said WikiLeaks had deliberate­ly broken the law, but it was for another court to decide what penalty should be imposed on it and on the leaker.

She said it was the overseas publicatio­n that had the greatest potential to harm Australia’s interests, and this was widespread and irreversib­le.

But her ruling should not be seen as showing suppressio­n orders would routinely be lifted if deliberate­ly breached.

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