Report: Australian spies tried to tap Indonesian president's phone calls

November 18, 2013 05:50

SYDNEY - Australia's spy agencies attempted to listen in on the mobile phone conversations of Indonesia's president and targeted the mobile phones of his wife and senior ministers, Australian media reported on Monday, citing documents leaked by NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's family and inner circle were targeted for electronic surveillance by Australia's Defense Signals Directorate (DSD), the Guardian Australia and Australian Broadcasting Corp reported, citing a top secret document from 2009.

The revelation may further strain ties between the neighbors after earlier reports that Australia's embassy in the country had been used as part of a U.S.-led surveillance network to spy on Indonesia, prompting a stern rebuke from Jakarta.

Australian media last month reported that Australian embassies across Asia were part of the US-led electronic surveillance operation, according to leaked Snowden documents.

The latest leaked documents contained a slide presentation which showed a list of top Indonesia leadership officials and their mobile phone handset details. One slide showed how the DSD had attempted to listen in on a call from an unknown Thailand number to the Indonesian president.

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