Snowdon and the AFL-ASADA scandal

Yesterday the Australian was reporting that Edward Snowden had stolen thousands of files so undermining national security.

MORE than 15,000 secret Australian intelligence reports may have been stolen by rogue US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in what the Coalition government is now describing as the most damaging blow dealt to Australian intelligence in the nation’s history.

Maybe he has – but ultimately that’s bad luck; a rogue foreign agent for whatever reason decides to reveal information to the world. Nothing much the Australian authorities can do about that.

But we should really turn our attention closer to home. During the year we experienced the blackest day in Australian sport (emphasis added).

A 12-month Australian Crime Commission (ACC) investigation revealed the increasing use of performance-enhancing drugs across multiple codes and highlighted links with organised crime. The ACC also drew comparisons with the case of Lance Armstrong, who recently admitted to using banned substances in each of his seven Tour de France victories.

Richard Ings, the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (Asada), told ABC TV that Australians had been complacent about the idea of drug use in their country. “I think we have been seduced by the romantic nature of sport,” he said. “There has been a belief with some sports and even with some officials that doping just would not take place in Australian sport and if it did it was isolated and sporadic.

“I doubted those claims, the evidence pointed contrary to those claims and the evidence that has been presented today vindicates the fact it is a widespread issue. This is not a black day in Australian sport, this is the blackest day in Australian sport.”

Jason Clare, the national minister for home affairs and justice, said: “The findings are shocking and will disgust Australian sports fans. It’s cheating but it’s worse than that. It’s cheating with the help of criminals.”

So a massive investigation followed that was closely reported by the media – especially journalists from The Age and The Australian. There is no doubt that leaks occurred from the official investigation. I am strongly of the view that if leaks to the media occur, that leaks to organised crime will also occur. Yet there seems to be no follow up.

For all the angst about Snowden, it is hard to get too excited. Yes – the American spy on Germany. Yes, Australia spies on Indonesia. Yet leaking from Australian anti-crime agencies doesn’t seem to worry anyone?

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22 Responses to Snowdon and the AFL-ASADA scandal

  1. Perhaps people don’t get excited about the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport because the collateral damage is minor compared with what is possible if national security is compromised.
    In the case of the latter, sometimes people (usually but not always soldiers) die.

  2. Token

    Perhaps people don’t get excited about the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport because the collateral damage is minor compared with what is possible if national security is compromised.

    No, we just want evidence and will condemn politicians who use hyperbole and trash our sporting reputation as part of a cynical spin to distract from out disasters the Liars Party had enacted.

  3. Token

    In the case of the latter, sometimes people (usually but not always soldiers) die.

    Bradley Manning killed more Afghanis and Iraqis (who provided information to coalition forces in those countries) than he did soldiers.

    The lefts heroes are very effective in enabling totalitarians and terrorists find the moderates who want peace and prosperity.

  4. Rabz

    “The blackest day in Australian Sport” brought to you by the Worst Government Government in Australia’s History™.

  5. Rabz

    Aaaarggghhh!!!!

    “The blackest day in Australian Sport” brought to you by the Worst Government in Australia’s History™.

  6. jupes

    For all the angst about Snowden, it is hard to get too excited

    And maybe that’s also the case with the ACC. They are just a bunch of gormless lawyers riding the gravy train. Does anyone seriously expect them to solve serious crimes? They obviously have more important things to do like 12 month investigations into sport which reveal precisely zero criminal activity.

    Remember when the idiots had to backtrack and admit that their report only revealed ‘intelligence’ rather than evidence. How we laughed!

    The sad thing is the bungling dickheads could end up having a greater effect on Australia’s reputation than Snowden. After all, apart from Indonesia who cares if we spied on them? But telling the world (the ‘blackest day in Australian sport was broadcast around the world) that organised crime, match fixing and doping is rampant in Australian sport is a slur that will last for years.

  7. Toiling Mass

    Shouldn’t “The blackest day in Australian sport” have a ‘trademark’ superscript?

  8. Rabz

    Shouldn’t “The blackest day in Australian sport” have a ‘trademark’ superscript?

    No – because it was a fake. The Lardarse Government, however, was the actual, indisputable worst government in this country’s history and so has rightfully earned the trademark.

  9. sparky

    Damn straight, Rabz! If memory serves correctly, Labour were taking a hit in the polls and unpleasant things about members of that party were claiming attention. What to do, what to do? Classic diversionary tactic.Idiot Jason Clare and Kate Lundy lined up the head sherangs of the major sports codes and made preposterous claims that made The Hinderberg Disaster look like a hiccup. For all their posturing, huffing and puffing, their achievements was predictable for the worst government in Australia’s history.One single AFL club that “brought the game into disrepute.” And there is more to that story than space allows.

  10. sparky

    Just re-read mine – apologies for typos and and grammar.Ugh!

  11. MT Isa Miner

    sparky

    #1099952, posted on December 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Damn straight, Rabz! If memory serves correctly, Labour were taking a hit in the polls and unpleasant things about members of that party were claiming attention. What to do, what to do? Classic diversionary tactic.Idiot Jason Clare and Kate Lundy lined up the head sherangs of the major sports codes and made preposterous claims that made The Hinderberg Disaster look like a hiccup. For all their posturing, huffing and puffing, their achievements was predictable for the worst government in Australia’s history.One single AFL club that “brought the game into disrepute.” And there is more to that story than space allows.

    Sparky, you are right.

    Either they ( the sports lot) were suckers being used by the ALP and so dumb as dogshit and should all get sacked or they were conniving bastards who ran interference for the ALP. Was that in their friggin job description? No, so sack them either way.

    No balls the lot of them- standing up there like a bunch of bloody schoolkids with the headmaster and the deputy. Christ how little respect some men seem to have for themselves.

  12. Up The Workers!

    One thing that NOBODY could ever accuse the former A.L.P./Greens mis-government of doing, would be taking “performance enhancing drugs”.

    Their performance was certainly not in any conceivable way enhanced, full stop.

    Having given the matter some detailed consideration, I came to the conclusion that the ONLY thing with a ghost’s hope of ‘enhancing’ the performance of the worst 6 years of mis-government in the nation’s history, would have been if Kevin Rudd had installed the Parliament House roof-space with silver batts, and the whole joint had subsequently burned down with them still in it.

  13. sparky

    Good morning Up The..
    Following your postulation with that rabble consigned to history, no repeat BER.Thus re-building Parlaiment House would not only be constructed intelligently,economically and efficiently,but within a reasonable time frame! Cheers

  14. sparky

    Spot on Mt Isa Miner.Apart from the lack of respect angle,you have to wonder why the sporting people would allow themselves to be used as pawns / puppets to give Clare and Lundy subtle validation.Cannot comment on most of the codes represented, but there has been ( reliably?)reported elsewhere that The Gleek Plick is in line for a plummy Labour Seat at a forthcoming election. Reading all the rumblings on line, it is a pretty fair bet GP has well and truly gone past his use by date, AFL – wise. Cheers

  15. I am not sure what Sinc is trying to imply here. Is it that the ACC or ASADA are corrupt, by leaking to organised crime? What evidence does he have that this has happened?

    Scandals are not generally named after whistleblowers or investigative agencies. The Essendon scandal involving James Hird at the head of an organised performance enhancing drug injecting program is the real focus here, despite desperate attempts to pin something on the investigators by partisans,

  16. Rabz

    The Essendon scandal involving James Hird at the head of an organised performance enhancing drug injecting program is the real focus here,

    There’s nothing ‘partisan’ about that piece of incoherent wrongology above, peoples, don’t you worry about that!

  17. stackja

    Yet leaking from Australian anti-crime agencies doesn’t seem to worry anyone?

    Got ALP problems off front page.

  18. Paul

    I do miss Jason Clare and his concerned stare.

  19. Sinclair Davidson

    m0nty – what I’m getting at is that leaking out of the ACC and/or ASADA is more of a problem than Snowdon.

  20. JohnA

    Nothing much the Australian authorities can do about that.

    Unless the government chose to apply Rule 303 [by engaging Breaker Morant's ghost].

    Up The Workers! #1100018, posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

    One thing that NOBODY could ever accuse the former A.L.P./Greens mis-government of doing, would be taking “performance enhancing drugs”.

    Their performance was certainly not in any conceivable way enhanced, full stop.

    The clear truth of the latter statement does not negate the possibility inherent in the former, to wit, that they did take them anyway.

  21. FM

    I have just barely been following some of this, but from what I can tell, not much more about links to organised crime has come out apart from what was said at the press briefing. The media made some reference to other examples of cheating and match fixing that was already in the public domain (like the NRL example), but apart from that, was there anything else?

    It passed me by. To be sure, the AFL was leaking like a sieve about Essendon, but that doesn’t seem to have involved criminal intelligence (or evidence) as far as I was aware.

    Feel free to set me right if I missed some important criminal connection.

  22. Maggie

    Jason Claire representing Labor by beating his chest and bellowing from the rooftops about drug cheats in our sports and yet no cheats have yet been delivered. This was botched from the get go. Why just Essondon?

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