Indonesian, Australia leaders trade jabs over spying allegations


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The opposition Labor Party should not be trying to score any points out of this either, as surveillance towards Indonesia has most likely occurred for years or decades under successive governments. Indonesia is probably feeling pressed about the whole asylum seeker issue which is one of Abbott's hardline themes and is now capitalising on leaks which highlight what would otherwise be seen as the unwanted but standard conduct among nations. Nobody in their right mind should be surprised (and I agree that the phone-tapping has probably gone too far), but this situation is going to require some delicate face-saving, public backing down and diplomacy by both sides.

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One questionthat I have about this and other cases is, Is this legal?

Usually in the case of bugging or tapping communications, a writ from an apporpriate authority is needed.

The applicant (usually police) need to prove that the writ is necessary for an investigation or so on.

Were writs issued?

How can one nation ( Australia, the US, the UK and so on) issue a writ for tapping in another country?

I find the excuse," Everyone does it,. quite juvenile and puzzling.

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Snowden really has created the proverbial storm, hasn't he?!

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It's a PRISM Planet.

Don't hate the messenger.

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