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Indonesia Recalls Ambassador After Australian Intelligence Activity Leaked

Anonymous Coward writes | about 8 months ago


An anonymous reader writes "The IB Times reports, "Indonesia has recalled its envoy to Canberra over reports that Australia spied on phone conversations of the Indonesian president, his wife and other high-ranked government officials. ... President Susilo Bambang Yuhoyono and First Lady Ani Yudhoyono were listed as monitoring targets in documents from Australia's spy agency leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. ... Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to comment on the issue but defended the country's right to gather information for national security. "All governments gather information, and all governments know that every other government gathers information" Abbott said. "The Australian government uses all the resources at its disposal — including information — to help our friends and our allies, not to harm them. ... Indonesia's Co-ordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Defence, Djoko Suyanto urged Canberra to provide a public explanation and summoned ambassador Primo Alui Joelianto back to Jakarta for "consultations" on the issue. ... The revelations "devastated" president Yuhoyono, his special adviser for political affairs Daniel Sparringa told the Sydney Morning Herald. ... "If no serious acts are taken to immediately end the issues, it will continue to impede our countries' [relationship]." Diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia rose earlier this month after other documents leaked by Snowden revealed the Australian Embassy in Jakarta was used as a hub for US intelligence scooping. ""
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