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Indonesia voices concerns with Australia over spying

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Australia’s ambassador on Friday to respond to news media reports that its embassy in Jakarta was used as part of a US-led spying effort, saying such actions “were not acceptable” and had harmed its diplomatic relations with both countries.

The Australian ambassador, Greg Moriarty, met with Indonesian officials on Friday morning following reports this week in the German news magazine Der Spiegel and The Sydney Morning Herald that the intelligence collection program was conducted from Australian embassies in China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and East Timor, and from Australian high commissions — the equivalent of embassies among Commonwealth countries — in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

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“The purpose of the meeting was to seek clarification on the information about the facilities in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta,” said Michael Tene, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman, “as well as to convey the message that if the information is true, such acts are not acceptable to the Indonesian government and run counter to the good relationship that exists between our two countries.”

Afterward, the Associated Press reported, Moriarty said, “From my perspective, it was a good meeting and now I have to go and report directly to my government.”

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