The person known only as "A" in relation to a legal challenge to the Paula Rebstock-led inquiry into the unauthorised release of sensitive Cabinet documents came into contact with the documents in a clerical role, the Appeal Court has heard.
Heavy suppression orders previously barred media from even reporting the person's gender but the court agreed today that reporting A's duties would not jeopardise those orders.
It has also been reported since the original suppression order that A is male.
The case involves the unauthorised disclosure of Cabinet documents relating to restructuring at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
A is appealing a previous High Court ruling lifting a prohibition on any references to where he worked at the time of the unauthorised disclosure, where he previously worked, and his present location.
Speculation has been rife that a diplomat or former diplomat is the subject of the inquiry.
A's challenge only relates to part of the report dealing with his actions.
The court heard today from A's lawyer, Jason McHerron, that Rebstock voiced suspicions in her report about A being responsible for leaking a Cabinet document to Labour MP Phil Goff.
But Rebstock had admitted being unable to find conclusive proof, McHerron said.
Lawyers for the Attorney General have confirmed Rebstock's report on her findings will be released publicly, but A's name will not be released in that report.
The hearing is continuing.
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