NSA Spying Scandal: The president of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) shows displeasure on his official Twitter account belting out at Australian PM Tony Abbott, accusing of ‘taking the spying scandal too lightly’.
According to documents leaked by Ex CIA Edward Snowden that busted ‘Australian Spies’ attempted to listen mobile phone conversations of Indonesia’s president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife Ani Yudhoyono.
The said leaked documents revealed yesterday by the ABC and Guardian Australia show that Australia attempted to intercept president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s phone on at least one occasion and monitored his calls for 15 days in 2009.
SBY tweeted on Tuesday that the Australian Prime Minister had ‘belittled this tapping matter on Indonesia, without any remorse’. He said these actions had ‘certainly damaged’ the relationship.
Australian PM Tony Abbott defends the spying act on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Describing the spying as “reasonable”, he said.
“I don’t believe that Australia should be expected to apologise for reasonable intelligence gathering operations, just as I don’t expect other countries or other Governments to apologise for their reasonable intelligence gathering operations”.
Reportedly, former CIA employee and NSA contractor Edward Snowden who disclosed up to 200,000 classified documents to the press.