Angry Indonesia recalls Australia envoy after reports of spying on President, aides

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SummaryAustralian intelligence agencies have reportedly spied on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his family.

Australian intelligence agencies have reportedly spied on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and his close aides, prompting an angry Jakarta to recall its Ambassador and order a review of bilateral ties.

According to documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by the ABC news and Guardian Australia, the country’s intelligence attempted to tap into Yudhoyono’s phone conversations at least on one occasion.

It was found through the documents the spy agencies also tracked activity on his mobile phone for 15 days in August 2009. Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the envoy was being called back to Jakarta for “consultations”. “This is not a clever thing to do, it’s not a smart thing to do,” Natalegawa said. “It violates every single decent and legal instrument that I can think of.”

‘UK hacked hotel systems to spy on foreign diplomats’

Berlin: Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency has systematically spied on foreign diplomats and politicians by monitoring their hotel bookings around the world, a German media report said. It infiltrated the reservation systems of around 350 luxury hotels popular among diplomats and government officials”, weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

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