#10315198 at 2020-08-17 08:21:46 (UTC+1) Q Research AUSTRALIA #9 - Welcome to the Digital Battlefield Edition
Mr Keelty said that prior to meeting Mr Roberts-Smith, he had told then-commissioner AndrewColvin that, "I was asked to reach out to BRS [Ben Roberts-Smith] who was in 'a world of hurt' following public allegations that he was involved in potential improper conduct while deployed overseas."
Mr Keelty claimed that "Colvin agreed to the approach and made no reference to current investigations only to say there is 'stuff running around' and that he, Colvin was not in a position to approach BRS". Mr Colvin declined to comment other than stating the case had been referred to the corruption watchdog.
ACLEI confirmed in a statement that the AFP had notified it on June 21, 2018, of allegations that Mr Roberts-Smith had been told sensitive information about the federal police's interest in him. ACLEI said that a week later, on June 27 that year, former Integrity Commissioner Michael Griffin launched a joint covert investigation with the AFP into the alleged leak.
"An eminent Australian"
Asked why Mr Keelty gave welfare support to a person he didn't know and who might be under potential investigation by the policing agency he once led, Mr Keelty said: "You are viewing him [Roberts-Smith] as a [an alleged] war criminal. At the times we met, I was viewing him as an eminent Australian who had been publicly vilified. I was not concerning myself with anything other than welfare."
Referrals to police must be handled secretly to allow proper evidence collection and ensure the safety of complainants.
The AFP war crimes inquiries gathered evidence, including from eyewitnesses, that led to the AFP submitting a brief of evidence against Mr Roberts-Smith earlier this year. The brief alleges Mr Roberts-Smith is involved in the execution of prisoner Ali Jan in September 2012.
There is no suggestion Mr Roberts-Smith did anything wrong in meeting Mr Keelty. He has denied any involvement in war crimes or assaulting a woman and is suing this masthead for reporting the allegations. The Age and Herald are also not suggesting Mr Keelty acted with intent to compromise the AFP inquiry.
Mr Keelty said that he had advised Mr Roberts-Smith "about the AFP process that a referral is not a guarantee of an investigation". Mr Keelty said that while he was told by AFP officers of the three Roberts-Smith referrals, he was not told if they were still in the assessment phase or had progressed to full-blown inquiries.
"No one [from the AFP] ever confirmed to me at any time that the AFP converted those referrals to an investigation of BRS," Mr Keelty said.
"I considered it appropriate to contact the AFP about BRS to ensure that I was not crossing over any current operations by meeting with him. It was solely to de-conflict - it was never to advise BRS anything that you would not tell any person in a similar situation who was complaining that he was being prosecuted in the media but had not yet been spoken to by anyone from either Defence or the AFP."
Multiple sources said that Mr Keelty had fallen out with former commissioner Mr Colvin, ACLEI and serving senior AFP officers over the saga. In his statement, Mr Keelty said: "These matters could have been dealt with very easily at the start by someone [from the AFP] saying to me: 'I think you're going to be too busy to see BRS.' Nothing more needed to be said."
#7574260 at 2019-12-20 22:33:18 (UTC+1) Q Research AUSTRALIA #6 - YEAR OF THE BOOMERANG Edition
Rachel Noble to become the first woman to lead a major Australian spy agency
The Federal Government has appointed the first woman to lead a major Australian spy agency.
Rachel Noble will become the next director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), which intercepts electronic communications from foreign countries.
She is currently the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).
Ms Noble replaces Mike Burgess, who is now Australia's spy chief at the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO).
"Her appointment to this leadership role is a significant step forward for women in the national security sector and we congratulate her," Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said in a statement.
Ms Noble's promotion is the third major security appointment in recent months for the Federal Government, following the retirements of Australian Federal Police boss AndrewColvin and former ASIO head Duncan Lewis.
The ACSC sits within ASD. Before joining the organisation, Ms Noble was a senior official at the Department of Home Affairs.
Her public sector experience also included stints at the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration and Defence departments.
She was also previously deputy chief of facility at Pine Gap, the highly secretive defence facility in the Northern Territory.
"Ms Noble's deep experience in intelligence strongly positions her to lead ASD in executing its important national security mission," the Government's statement said.
"She has vital technical expertise having previously worked in ASD and has a strong understanding of the role the organisation plays in the national intelligence community."
Ms Noble's role at the ACSC saw her tasked with leading the nation's cyber security capabilities.
She will take on her new job in February 2020.
The Government thanked Lieutenant General John Frewen, the principal deputy director-general, for acting in the director-general role while ASD searched for a replacement for Mr Burgess.