NZ: Police file leak ‘could put lives at risk’

Radio New Zealand reports:

Police say that sensitive, secret files have been mistakenly sent to a defence lawyer and have been widely circulated.

A criminal lawyer who has seen the files said they contained details about informants, criminal activity and police surveillance that could put people at risk.

The mistake occurred when a standard criminal disclosure sent to a lawyer contained a link to the sensitive information, which should not have been accessible.

Read more on RNZ.

Now why would the defense lawyer who received the material have circulated it? Wouldn’t they realize it was a mistake and be ethically bound not to disseminate it further?

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