Jakarta — The Indonesia summoned Singapore ambassador Anil Kumar Nayar on Tuesday to clarify reports that Singapore had assisted Australia and the United States in spying on Asian countries, including Indonesia.
New spying allegations broke on Tuesday which said Singapore and South Korea were “third parties” in an Asia-wide spy network backed by the United States and Australia, according to documents leaked by US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Sydney Morning Herald published the allegations on Monday which detailed Singapore’s involvement in tapping Internet and telecommunications traffic moving through the city-state.
South Korea was alleged to be a partner of Western countries in a similar plot to spy on China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The reports involving Singapore and South Korea come just as Indonesia’s week-long row with Australia over spying allegations showed some signs of cooling off.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had agreed to review bilateral agreements between the two countries, but that it would take some time before relations returned to normal.
“The Australian PM has agreed to and is supportive of my proposal to reorganize our bilateral cooperation, including intelligence exchanges, by drafting a clear and just protocol and code of conduct,” Yudhoyono said.
The allegations over Australian spying has given rise to nationalist rhetoric from the Indonesian government, including comments that Indonesia would turn a blind eye to Australia-bound asylum seekers until ties are restored, and a suggestion that Indonesia could look elsewhere for beef imports.
Indonesia summons Singapore , angry protests by a vocal minority have taken place, but have thus far failed to galvanize the general public, reported the Jakarta Globe.
Yudhoyono issued a call for calm as the allegations of spying spread to include Singapore and South Korea.
“The government will responsibly and seriously deal with this, but we need to stay rational and not become reckless,” he said.