Australian Spy Agency Reveals Former Politician ‘Sold Out’ Country to Foreign Intelligence Unit
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Photo: ASIO Chief Mike Burgess

By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Canberra – Startling revelations from the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) indicate that a former politician betrayed the nation’s interests by collaborating with a foreign intelligence unit, ASIO Chief Mike Burgess disclosed late Wednesday.

Foreign spies, according to Burgess, targeted Australians, with one former politician going so far as to “sell out Australia, their party, and former colleagues” to serve the agenda of a foreign regime, reported SBS News.

The revelation has stirred a political storm, prompting calls for Burgess to publicly identify the ex-politician involved. Opposition leader Peter Dutton joined the chorus, urging Burgess to expose the “traitor” who allegedly cooperated with foreign spies.

Dutton emphasized that failing to disclose the identity could cast suspicion on all politicians. “If he (Burgess) doesn’t indicate the name, then there’s a cloud hanging over everybody else,” stated Dutton.

Clare O’Neil, the country’s Home Affairs Minister, highlighted the attempts made by a foreign government to infiltrate the upper echelons of Australian politics. She cautioned every politician about the value of their work and information to foreign entities, emphasizing the likelihood of attempts to exploit friendships, networks, and technology for intelligence purposes, as reported by ABC News.

In a related development, the son of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Alex Turnbull, disclosed that a Chinese agent approached him in 2017, seeking investment for an infrastructure project. Alex Turnbull promptly reported the incident to authorities, as per Sky News.

ASIO Chief Burgess did not disclose the specific foreign nation or the politician involved, leaving many questions unanswered. The revelation has intensified concerns about foreign influence and espionage in Australian political circles, prompting increased scrutiny and demands for transparency. The situation underscores the broader challenge of safeguarding national security in an era of geopolitical complexities and covert activities.

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