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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