Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

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Formation16 March 1949
HeadquartersCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
LeaderASIO/Director-General of Security
Tied to Anglo-American intelligence

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is an Australian intelligence agency.


In 2014, writing about the 1975 Australian coup d'état, John Pilger noted that on "The day after his election, [Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam] ordered that his staff should not be “vetted or harassed” by the Australian security organisation, ASIO – then, as now, tied to Anglo-American intelligence".[1]

"Foreign interference"

In November 2019, The Age reported that "Late on Sunday Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director-general of security Mike Burgess issued a statement entitled "Foreign interference". He said ASIO "takes seriously" the allegations reported by The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and 60 Minutes at the weekend about Mr Zhao as well as claims by young Chinese defector Wang Liqiang, who said he had worked as a spy in Hong Kong and Taiwan."[2]

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