When are Individuals are bigger than the Government a question not closed.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has dropped the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, the lawyer accused of revealing Australia had spied on Timor-Leste for profit.
The case has come to represent the treatment of whistleblowers.
Mr Collaery first had his home raided in 2013 after he was accused of conspiring to leak classified information bringing to light Australia’s intelligence gathering in Timor-Leste, whose people he previously represented.
In a long-delayed prosecution after that initial raid, he had faced some 50 hearings in a Canberra court over the matter over four years.
“Today, I have determined this prosecution should end,” Mr Dreyfus said on Thursday.