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Four Corners responds to The Australian report

Four Corners responds to The Australian report

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RELEASED: Saturday 9
June 2012
Four Corners
completely rejects the allegations made by un-named sources in today’s
The Weekend Australian 
article by Dennis Shanahan, “AFP: Captain Emad source ‘unreliable’”.The facts of the recent
Four Corners
program “Smugglers’ Paradise – Australia” are notdisputed; the evidence is on screen. After the broadcast, the AFP Commissioner confirmedthe AFP was investigating the key people smugglers exposed in the program and in the caseof Captain Emad that the investigation had been running for two years.Hussain Nasir has worked with
Four Corners
on two major programs on people smuggling;the evidence of his skill and reliability are evident in both programs.In 2010, Hussain exposed six Indonesian-based people smugglers on camera as well ascorrupt associates in the military. The key smugglers exposed in that program are still beingpursued by the AFP.It is completely false to assert, as the article does, that the ABC was warned off working withHussain.Hussain Nasir came to us with a strong recommendation from the US Special Forces behindhim. When we first worked together,
Four Corners
checked Hussain’s bona fides, inparticular with the US Special Forces unit he worked with in Iraq following the US invasion.The US Special Forces unit held Hussain Nasir in the highest regard because of his reliabilityand courage. He worked for three rotations of the same unit, passed from one rotation to thenext precisely because he was so reliable.The US Special Forces told
Four Corners
the members of the unit trusted Hussain with theirlives. They issued Hussain with a permit to carry a weapon and brought him to live on theSpecial Forces base when his life was threatened. When Hussain was forced to flee Iraqafter an attempt was made to blow up his house, the US military gave Hussain a letter ofrecommendation testifying to his courage and honesty which we featured in our firstprogram.
Four Corners
’ experience of Hussain mirrors that of the US Special Forces and issharply at odds with the slurs contained in
The Weekend Australian 
article.In Indonesia where Hussain was living as a refugee, he was introduced to the AFP by asenior UN official who had recognized his abilities. Hussain was always discrete about hisrelationship with the AFP but because of the allegations now being made about him we arecompelled to put a few details on the record. The relationship continued for more than a year.We understand there were more than six meetings; Hussain provided information thatassisted with the apprehension of one smuggler and the disruption of boats. In the course ofthe year, in text and emails to the AFP, Hussain identified major people smugglers, theirphone numbers and locations of passengers about to leave for Australia. This informationincluded a warning from Hussain identifying the smuggler who was later responsible for the

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