Decorated veteran Ben Roberts-Smith asks AG to refer leaks to police

 smh.com.au  8/12/2018 9:26:30 AM 

Lawyers for decorated war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith have asked federal Attorney-General Christian Porter to refer leaks of details of an inquiry into the former soldier to the federal police for criminal investigation.

In a statement released by Seven West Media on Sunday, Mr Roberts-Smith, an executive at Kerry Stokes's Seven Network operations in Queensland, acknowledged an unsuccessful attempt on Friday to stop Fairfax Media publishing allegations about his service in Afghanistan and a domestic violence allegation.

Ben Roberts-Smith in front of his portrait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Ben Roberts-Smith in front of his portrait at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Photo: Jay Cronan

Mr Roberts-Smith denies all the allegations and claims leaking details of the inquiry broke federal law.

“I commenced the proceedings because I am concerned that Commonwealth laws havebeen breached by the disclosure to Fairfax Media of confidential information of the

Commonwealth," he wrote, adding that evidence given to the inquiry was also confidential.

“I am also concerned that the Fairfax press are publishing such information with knowledgethat it must be classified and the subject of secrecy provisions, including those applicable to

the evidence before the inquiry."

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