To quote directly from his website,
In other words, David served in the British Army as a major, and in the Australian Army as a lawyer. Between 2014 and 2016, he provided the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) with information about war crimes committed by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan. The ABC published the details during 2017.
The Afghan Files
As one might imagine, the government didn’t take kindly to all of this, eventually raiding ABC’s offices in search of, what became known as, the Afghan Files, and ultimately accusing David of treason.
When it comes to official narratives, I am inclined to dismiss them, favouring independent narratives. As Nassim Taleb spoke about in his excellent book, Skin In The Game, it’s generally a better idea to put more trust in those with more to lose. In this instance, I have no doubt that there are Australian soldiers guilty of murdering innocent Afghanis, and I have no doubt that the Australian Army (and Australian government) want the crimes covered up.
David joined me for an open and honest discussion about
- his background;
- his trips to Africa;
- fighting depression and staying motivated;
- the importance of being physically fit;
- doing what’s right.
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