The Australian Federal Police has confirmed an officer has been suspended, pending an investigation into the unlawful release of information.
Newspaper reports claim a senior officer was suspended for consulting a clairvoyant in Cooma, in southern New South Wales, over a threat to assassinate the Prime Minister John Howard.
The report claims the officer disclosed classified information to the psychic about the death threats.
In a statement, the AFP says it is conducting an internal investigation into the allegation of the unlawful release of information.
A spokesman has confirmed one of its members has been suspended from duties, pending the outcome of that investigation.
He says the AFP does not condone the use of psychics in security matters.
A spokesman for Mr Howard says the AFP are dealing with the issue and it is entirely a matter for them.
With regard to the death threats, the spokesman says it is regular practice for the Prime Minister not to comment on such security matters.
The AFP Association's Jim Torr will not comment on the case directly but says he is confident any officer under investigation would be treated fairly.
"In relation to our members, we play an intrinsic part in that process, we accompany them through the interview phases and we work cooperatively with the AFP on that basis," Mr Torr said.
"But again I make the point, the majority of these sorts of serious allegations, after investigation, wind up to be unsubstantiated or not what they appear to be at the face of it."
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