Asia-Pacific

Dec 11, 2013

In Timor-Leste, it’s spies like us … or like them, anyway

Will Australia have to give up more of the Timor Sea after being caught spying on Timor-Leste? Our foreign affairs expert visits the fledgling nation to gauge reaction to the spying revelations.

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

East Timor

Australia and Timor-Leste are in a diplomatic lull following the revelations that Australia spied on Timor-Leste’s cabinet via agents working through its aid program. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao is in South Africa for the funeral of Nelson Mandela, who had visited him in prison in Jakarta and thus helped elevate his international status.

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2 thoughts on “In Timor-Leste, it’s spies like us … or like them, anyway

  1. warwick fry

    Your “Foreign affairs expert” Damien Kingsbury is travelling dangerously close to the line of our morally mangled Department of Foreign Affairs – or in these postmodern times, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Professor Des Ball made the point recently that the ‘national security’ issue does not equate with governments working in collusion with transnational business interests.

    While acknowledging that gentlemen reading other
    gentlemen’s mail is now acceptable in today’s intelligence community realpolitik Des makes the very sharp point that Australia’s intelligence services are behaving thuggishly.

    Perhaps ‘Professor’ Damien Kingsbury might spin his contributions to Crikey towards a recognition of this ?

  2. Doug Marmion

    Is Professor Kingsbury really referring to Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and New Zealand as ‘Lusophone states’?

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