AFP statement on investigation into ABC journalist

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has finalised an investigation into allegations that ABC journalist Daniel Oakes obtained classified information.

The AFP submitted a brief of evidence to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecution (CDPP) regarding three potential criminal charges relating to the matter.

The CDPP has advised the AFP that it determined there were reasonable prospects of conviction in relation to two of the charges.

In determining whether the matter should be prosecuted, the CDPP considered a range of public interest factors, including the role of public interest journalism in Australia’s democracy.  The CDPP determined the public interest does not require a prosecution in the particular circumstances of this case.

As a result of this determination, the AFP has finalised its investigation into Mr Oakes.

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