Australian intelligence has tapped the phone of Indonesian President

Australian intelligence has tapped the phone of Indonesian President

New material leaked by former NSA spy agent Edward Snowden has revealed Australian intelligence has attempted to tap the phone of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudyhono.

New documents have been obtained by the ABC and the Guardian Australia, revealing Australian intelligence tracked the mobile phone of the President for 15 days in August 2009, and attempted to listen in on a conversation on at least one occasion.

It also shows surveillance targeted other senior members od the government, as well as Mr Yudiono’s wife.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to comment on the reports, except to say all countries gather intelligence, and all countries are aware other countries gather intelligence about them.

Responding to a question from Deputy Greens Leader Adam Bandt in parliament today,, Mr Abbott has said the Australian government never comments on specific intelligence matters.

But Greens Leader Christine Milne says the revelations are an embarrassment for Australia, and will damage Australia/Indonesia relations.

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