ASIO ACCIDENTLY SPIED ON ITSELF

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ASIO accidentally spied on itself. Photo: Jessica Hromas

How to spook a spy: spy on your own spooks.

Spying on their own is exactly what Australia’s domestic spy agency did.

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation accidentally intercepted calls made by one of its own regional offices.

The interception was a breach of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act, which allows ASIO to use listening devices and computer access.

The breach, which was revealed in the agency’s annual report, was self-reported by ASIO staff and blamed on a technical glitch.

ASIO deleted the intercepted information and says processes have been put in place to prevent the error occurring again.

AAP

Henry Sapiecha

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