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The Fitzgibbon spy story source


Sam Roggeveen


5 June 2009 12:06

It was the Fairfax papers, including the Sydney Morning Herald, which reported back in March that now ex-Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon was being spied on by his own department. As Defence Department Secretary Nick Warner said yesterday in his piece for The Interpreter, two separate inquiries have found no evidence for this allegation.

In it's editorial today, the SMH has this cryptic comment about its source for the story:

On Wednesday the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security, Ian Carnell, said there was no evidence that defence officials had secretly spied on the minister, as claimed in a leak to this newspaper in March, by someone apparently outside the Defence Department.

 'Apparently?' Is this sarcasm, or does the SMH genuinely not know where its source worked?