Canberra — Twitter anger has erupted at a top Australian adviser who posted several tweets critical of Indonesia’s handling of the ongoing spy row between the two countries.
Mark Textor, a campaign strategist for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party, is in the hot seat over a series of provocative tweets criticizing Indonesia for demanding an apology from Australia for spying.
He posted in Twitter: “Apology demanded from Australia by a bloke who looks like a 1970’s Pilipino [sic] porn star and has ethics to match”.
The tweet has now been deleted.
The Australian media reported that he was referring to the Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who had called for Australia to apologize for spying on Indonesia.
Mr. Textor also criticized Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for using Twitter to express his anger toward Australia over the spying issue, said a BBC report.
Australian opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek described Mr. Textor’s tweets as “highly inappropriate comments”.
On Thursday, Mr. Textor apologized, writing: “Apologies to my Indonesian friends – frustrated by media-driven divisions – Twitter is indeed no place for diplomacy.”
He told ABC news that he was “not referring to anyone in particular” in his earlier tweet.
Reports on Australia’s spying practices came from a series of documents leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden.