Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Pictures Told Part of the Story

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Pictures Told Part of the Story

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The photographs from October 1966 on these pages were supplied by the Australian War Memorial and were taken by the Australian freelance photographer Gabriel Carpay.

These photos were central to what became known as the awater torture casea.

Carpay was among a group of independent journalists and photographers invited to attend the interrogation by Australian intelligence staff of To Thi Nau.

She had been a member of a Viet Cong group spying on the Australian base at Nui Dat.

She was captured and taken to Nui Dat, where she was questioned over a 30-minute period by intelligence staff wanting information about Viet Cong activity in the area.

The interrogators were aggressive, and claims of brutality became the subject of an internal investigation.

During the controversy that followed, the new minister for the army, Phillip Lynch, declared that there was anot one scintilla of evidencea to support claims that To had been mistreated.

Seventeen months after the interrogation, one of the journalists at the interrogation, John Sorell, published his account of what had happened. …

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