Asia-Pacific

Aug 23, 2017

ASIS chief raises fist — and hackles — with Duterte

The head of Australia's foreign intelligence service has alarmed intelligence circles with an error of judgment in his meeting with strongman Rodrigo Duterte.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is facing "please explain" calls after he was photographed with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte making Duterte's signature fist gesture.

ASIS is Australia's foreign intelligence service, and ASIS head Nick Warner made what was termed a "courtesy call" on Duterte in Manila. Australia is providing military assistance to the Philippine government in its fight to oust jihadists from the city of Marawi on Mindanao, despite Foreign Minister Julie Bishop frequently expressing human rights concerns about the Duterte government's open contempt for the rule of law.

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6 thoughts on “ASIS chief raises fist — and hackles — with Duterte

  1. shea mcduff

    What’s a ‘strongman”?

    1. AR

      Talcum – he told us so.

  2. Barbara Haan

    Well, finally you have mentioned what is going on with ASIS, BK. I asked you earlier to comment, but it was apparently too much trouble for you to be bothered to answer a perfectly legitimate question. No, I don’t expect you to answer me now. Clearly, you are above responding to Crikey subscribers.

    Interesting to hear of the formation of the Office of National Intelligence. Surely, Nick Warner has shot himself in the foot in his bid to head this new super department. JBish must be chewing nails that the foreign minister will now lose power over ASIS. Perhaps it explains her meltdown over Baanaby’s NZ citizenship.

  3. klewso

    Tonight – ABC news – we had typical “ABC lefty” Uhlmann (last week ‘Brandis’ defining moment’ = his reply to Hanson’s burqa parade) telling us how we should have been seeing this :- through his right-eyed rose coloured monocle, most benignly.

  4. AR

    In other news, spooks prefer the certainty & security – for whom? – of dictators over that messy democracy stuff.

  5. SQuinny1

    I’m betting Dutton is cool with it.

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