Kevin Gates is an Australian television journalist who has been in the news recently for his reporting on the US election.
Gates’s reporting has focused on the Trump transition team and how it is responding to media pressure over leaked emails and phone records.
Gates was arrested on Monday morning at Sydney Airport, where he was preparing to leave the country to attend a press conference.
ABC’s Four Four showed Gates’s arrival at the airport in front of a line of security officials.
The Australian Federal Police said the investigation into the matter was ongoing.
A spokeswoman for the AFP said the organisation was aware of the arrest and was in contact with Gates’s family.
The spokeswoman told Four Four Two: “At this stage there is no suggestion that this is connected to the investigation, however, any suggestion that the AFP would seek to silence Kevin Gates or prevent him from reporting on events in Australia is completely unacceptable.”
The spokeswoman said the AFP “would be interested in hearing from anyone who was detained for questioning or is under investigation”.
The AFP said it was assisting the US Department of Justice and the US Attorney’s Office in their investigation into Gates.
The ABC has contacted the Department of Defence and the Australian Federal police for comment.
ABC political editor Mark Evans said the arrest of Gates would be seen as an embarrassment for the Australian media and could lead to political fallout.
He said it would be interesting to see how Australian politicians reacted.
“This is a bit like when we had the Kevin Andrews story, where Kevin Andrews was detained in a detention centre for five days and was never charged.
It’s not really that surprising to hear that it could happen to Gates,” Evans said.
Gates is a former correspondent for The Age newspaper in Sydney.
He joined the Australian Bureau of Statistics as a full-time journalist in 2005 and worked at The Age until 2010.
Gates has previously been involved in investigative journalism, including the WikiLeaks-published “Redacted Files”, which documented the role of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the US campaign against the Syrian government in 2013.
He has also written extensively on US politics.
The WikiLeaks release of the Clinton emails, which was published on January 10, 2018, prompted the US Justice Department to open an investigation into whether there was any criminal conduct by the Clinton campaign.
Gates, who is originally from New South Wales, had been planning to return to Australia from New York City on Friday.
The FBI had warned him not to leave his hotel room in New York, according to ABC News.
Gates told the ABC’s Insiders program on Friday that he had been warned by the FBI not to come back to Australia.
ABC News’ Alex Coombs and the ABC Investigations Unit contributed to this report.