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Whistleblower case returns to court


Whistleblower David William McBride speaks to the media after appearing in the ACT Supreme Court in Canberra, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

A former Australian military lawyer charged over the leaking of sensitive documents to ABC journalists will return to court in Canberra.

David William McBride, 55, will appear before the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday for a directions hearing, two weeks after the national broadcaster sought involvement in the case.

The ABC wants to vary orders as they relate to police raids at the broadcaster's Sydney headquarters.

McBride's leaks were to journalists Dan Oakes, Andrew Clark and Chris Masters from the ABC, who produced the 2017 investigative report The Afghan Files.

The recent raids at the ABC came off the back of those stories, which alleged Australian soldiers may have carried out unlawful killings in Afghanistan.

The ABC is now asking the Federal Court to declare the search warrant invalid and is seeking a permanent injunction stopping the AFP accessing the electronic files removed from Ultimo on a sealed USB stick.

McBride was committed to stand trial in May on a charge of theft of commonwealth property, three counts of breaching the Defence Act and the unauthorised disclosure of information.

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