In August a man turned over a computer disk containing 22,000 pages of technical submarine data to a reporter working for a major newspaper, The Australian. It was the latest twist in the lengthy saga of the Royal Australian Navy’s choice of a next-generation submarine. The Australian government recently had decided to let the contract for 12 new submarines to a French company, DCNS, which would build them in Australia. The disk was filled with a detailed description of a submarine DCNS had designed for India. The newspaper described the man as a whistleblower, the implication being that by revealing all about an earlier DCNS design (and also about DCNS security) he was warning Australians that their government had made the wrong choice.
World Naval Developments - Whistleblower Reveals Australian Submarine-Deal Woes
By Norman Friedman