Australia Wiretapping Indonesian President’s Phone, First Lady and A Few Ministers

Information about the wiretapping of Indonesia back to appear. This time it was reported that Australia’s intelligence also tap telephone conversations the President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) in 2009. In addition to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, intercepts also made against the first lady Ani Yudhoyono and a number of senior Minister of Indonesia.

As reported by AFP, the information is based on a secret document leaked by Edward Snowden. The confidential documents obtained by local media, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the United Kingdom, The Guardian.

The document mentions that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and nine people in his circles became the target of Australian wiretapping.

Further, the document clearly stated that the Electronics Australia intelligence agencies, also called the The Defence Signals Directorate have to tap a cell phone activity of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for 15 days in August 2009. At the time, Australia still led by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Australia intercepts a target list that mention the names of famous Indonesian officials. Ranging from Vice President Boediono, then former Vice President Jusuf Kalla, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Coordinating Minister for Politics and the State Secretary.

ABC reported that one of the secret document, titled 3G Impact and Update which contains a graph of Australia intelligence efforts to offset 3G technology used Indonesia and a number of other Southeast Asia countries.

There is also a list of a number of people who become the target of wiretapping. Even Australia’s intelligence has recommendations for choosing one name and making it the target of wiretapping, in this case is Indonesia’s head of State.

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Leakage of confidential documents given to Snowden appeared after reports that Australia’s diplomatic posts, including in Jakarta involved wiretapping network with the United States. The report sparked anger in Indonesia, especially Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

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