A source familiar with the matter revealed that the intelligence member was holding a hard drive with information on it when his body was found.
An Australian soldier, who was found dead in the parking lot of an Army barracks in December last year, was allegedly planning to disclose classified information about alleged war crimes by Australia’s Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan, The Sunday Telegraph reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.
According to the report, the intelligence member was holding a hard drive containing information about the behavior of the Australian military in Afghanistan when his body was found. Police reports established that his death was not suspicious, as he had apparently committed suicide.
In November, Paul Brereton, the inspector general of the Australian Defense Force, submitted a 465-page special report in which he concluded that members of Australia’s Special Operations Task Force, which operated in the Islamic Republic between 2005 and 2016, unlawfully executed 39 people.
Likewise, the head of the Australian Defense Force (FDA), Angus Campbell, identified 25 military personnel linked to these acts, which he referred to as “possibly the most shameful episode in Australia’s military history.”
However, the British newspaper’s source claims that the data stored on the hard drive could reveal what really happened in Afghanistan.
“It is understood that the intelligence officer was going to make the information public because Brereton’s report is a misguided, one-sided witch-hunt against the Special Air Service Regiment to try to appease the Afghans,” he added.
Likewise, the whistleblower believes that the device’s data would “greatly change the public stance and opinion on what happened in Afghanistan” if it were released after Brereton’s statements in November 2020.
At the time, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to express his “deepest regrets” over the discovery.
For his part, General Campbell held a press conference to apologize to the people of Afghanistan on behalf of his country’s Armed Forces and emphasized that the data in the document damaged “our moral authority as a military force”.