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Australian whistleblower charged after leaking information on prime minister’s daughter

A 20-year-old whistleblower is being investigated in Australia after leaking documents showing that Frances Abbott, the daughter of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, received a large, unadvertised scholarship to a private college.

Freya Newman, a former part-time librarian at the Whitehouse Institute of Design, leaked the information earlier this year, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Newman was charged on Monday with unauthorized access of restricted data after the school filed a complaint following the leak.

She could face up to two years in jail if convicted.

Under the scholarship, Frances was given $56,221, which allowed her to pay only about $7,000 for her bachelor's degree. Newman will appear in court in September.

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