Spy v spy: Why Australia is attracting spooks

As geopolitical tensions rise, so too the interest in the country’s politics and priorities as well as the worries about foreign interference.

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation head Mike Burgess warned that the nation faces the highest level of foreign espionage and interference in its history. PHOTO: AFP
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SYDNEY - In late 2022, Australia’s domestic spy agency downgraded its terrorist threat level to “possible”, the second-lowest of five levels – a move that may have helped to reassure the country’s 26 million residents about their current level of safety.

But it turns out that the agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), is deeply concerned about a different menace: the growing threat from foreign spies.

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