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Indonesia’s fake surprise at phone bugging

November 19th, 2013

If proof was needed that the Indonesian government was not at all surprised that Australian intelligence agencies tried to tap the phones of important people then Bambang Wiyono has provided it. Mr Wiyono, the deputy for communications and information at his country’s National Intelligence agency, said yesterday it would be impossible for any party to listen in to the telephone conversations of the President and the first lady.

The Jakarta Post this morning reports him saying:


Why, then, the show of indignation by the Indonesian government? Hopefully nothing more than the normal reaction of politicians anywhere when their voting public learns of something that they had kept hidden.

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