SYDNEY (Daily Mail) – An Australian spy who was found dead in the car park of army headquarters was allegedly planning to release classified information on alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.
The officer, who has not been publicly named, was found in the Russell complex in Canberra.
The officer was claimed to be clutching a hard drive which detailed Australian soldiers’ behavior while on tour when his body was found.
Data stored on the drive could reveal what really happened in Afghanistan, where Special Air Service troopers are accused of murdering 39 civilians and prisoners.
A source said the encrypted hard drive ‘would change a lot of the public stance and opinion on what went on in Afghanistan’ if it were made public.
‘It is understood the intelligence officer was going to make the information public,’ the source told The Sunday Telegraph.
The source said the footage contained on the hard drive could help put the war ‘into context’ following the release of the damning Brererton report in 2020 which horrified the public.
The findings in the report determined Australian special forces had murdered 39 civilians and prisoners, including children, in Afghanistan, which was then covered up by Australian Defence Force personnel.
The report stated some 25 Australians were involved in the killings - including some who were still serving when the redacted report was released to the public in November 2020.
The Brereton report confirmed that senior commandos forced junior soldiers to kill defenseless captives in order to "blood” the troops for combat.
Australia later dismissed a number of troops, who were suspected of being witnesses to the killings or of being dishonest in testifying.
Prime Minister Morrison Scott Morrison also said that the findings of the military report are "disturbing and distressing,” adding that his government "will deal with it under our law, under our systems, and our justice system.”
Australia, which is not a member of NATO, has had an active role in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2001.
The U.S.-led invasion removed the Taliban militant group from power. However, violence continues to take a heavy toll on the country. The chaos has also paved the way for the Daesh terror group to gain a foothold in Afghanistan’s east.