Investigative journalist Nicky Hager is questioning the punishment handed down to "Whaleoil" blogger Cameron Slater over his involvement in the plot to hack a political website.
Slater was at the centre of a plot to hack "The Standard" website, and for admitting his involvement he received a diversion and fine of 40 hours' community service.
Mr Hager doubts the unknown hacker 'Rawshark' who supplied information for his book "Dirty Politics" would be given the same treatment.
"If Rawshark gets caught, I don't think that Rawshark will get diversion and 40 hours of community service. I think that even though that person did a noble thing in my opinion, they'd quite likely go to prison."
Police say Mr Slater went through the same process as everyone else, and was entitled to be considered for diversion.