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Peter Greste Says Julie Bishop's Death Stare Helped Get Him Out Of Prison

Australian journalist thanks Julie Bishop and her "laser eyes".

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Peter Greste, who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison, has thanked foreign minister Julie Bishop for her diplomatic efforts to free him in a speech to the National Press Club today.

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Along with Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste was sentenced to seven years in a Cairo jail for consorting with the banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

Staff and diplomats from Julie Bishop's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade helped secured his release.

Greste said during the negotiations, Bishop had an "uncanny ability to smile very warmly at a particular diplomat and at the same time burn holes through the back of their skulls."

Peter Greste also thanked his family, fellow journalists and politicians for uniting in the fight for his freedom, while in his words he "didn't really do much more than sit in a box for 400 days and write a few notes."