Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

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Group.png Australian Security Intelligence Organisation   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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AbbreviationASIO
Formation16 March 1949
HeadquartersCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
LeaderASIO/Director-General of Security
Staff1,739
Sponsor ofInstitute for Regional Security
Tied to Anglo-American intelligence

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) is an Australian intelligence agency. From its foundation in 1949, ASIO has been largely unaccountable and frequently used as a political tool especially by the Liberal-Country Party coalition that rules the country most of the time.[1]

Activities

1973 Chilean coup d'état

Full article: 1973 Chilean coup d'état

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation was involved in the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, as officially admitted in 2021.[2]

Control

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".[3]

"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."[4]

 

An event carried out

EventLocationDescription
Chile/1973 coup d'étatChileA CIA military intelligence operation that overthrew of the democratically elected Salvador Allende.


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