Tag: Australian intelligence agencies

Spy agencies to get stronger powers, but what exactly will they be?

nsa 26EAVESDROP-articleLarge

The attorney general, George Brandis, said it was the most significant reform of Australia’s spy agencies’ powers since the 1970s, but what did we learn during the Senate debate this week? The first national security legislation amendment bill, which increases

Australia’s overseas spy chief reappointed for another five years

asis

The boss of Australia’s shadowy overseas spy agency has been given another five years in the job. The federal government has reappointed Nick Warner as the head of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, or Asis. The foreign minister, Julie Bishop,

Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens

privacy_nsa_security-100053240-large

Australia's surveillance agency offered to share information collected about ordinary Australian citizens with its major intelligence partners, according to a secret 2008 document leaked by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The document shows the partners discussing whether or not to share "medical, legal or

How electronic espionage was exposed four decades ago

a1

Edward Snowden's exposés of the United States' mass surveillance and electronic espionage programs have made headlines around the world for the past four months. The most recent revelations by the former US defence intelligence contractor published in Der Spiegel magazine detail how

Australia has a new spymaster

dn-maude-main-20130424165852577518-620x349

  Richard Maude is appointed new head of spy agency the Office of National Assessments. Career diplomat and public servant Richard Maude has been appointed director-general of the Office of National Assessments (ONA), the nation's peak foreign intelligence agency, Julia