Multimedia and Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak has issued stern warning against the leaks in government information spotlighted by Sarawak Report's spate of revelations on the secret auditor-general's report on the 1MDB scandal.
"It is alarming that not only have confidential information been sold but that some of it have been altered or doctored in the effort to sensationalise the issue," claimed Salleh in a statement on his blog last night.
"The main question would be what else and even more damaging information have also been sold that we are not aware of.
"And this puts the security of the nation at risk and this is nothing short of an act of treason," he said.
He said this lends credence to alleged rumours of an entity called the 'Anti-Najib Campaign' that is armed with "RM2 billion funding" to attack Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Last week London-based whistleblower website Sarawak Report began publishing what it claims are damaging contents of the audit report, which the government had classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
The government has been heavily criticised for hiding the auditor-general's report on 1MDB behind the OSA, with one law professor opining that according to the federal constitution, the government is wrong to do so as the report must be tabled in Parliament.
Critics have urged the government to declassify the report in light of the Sarawak Report leaks.