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Indonesia’s fake surprise at phone bugging

November 19th, 2013 Comments off

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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Tensions rise as Abbott and senior Indonesian official to meet

November 13th, 2013 Comments off



Prime Minister Tony Abbott is scheduled to meet with a senior Indonesian official in Canberra today as the dispute over accepting boat people rescued at sea steps up a notch.

The Jakarta Post  reported this morning:

2013-11-13_meetingThe paper’s report said that neither Indonesia’s Co-ordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Sujanto nor Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison claimed to be aware of the “people swap” deal.

The Melbourne Age in a front page report quotes Ms Anwar as  not backing down on her claim despite denials by Minister Morrison and Prime Minister Abbott. Ms Anwar said the proposal had come from the Australian embassy in Jakarta via a fax written in Bahasa.

2013-11-13_swapIt all makes for an interesting meeting.