It’s cloak and dagger time ladies and gentlemen!
South Korean spies have been caught in Canberra doing sneaky spy-type things! Namely cultivating public servants to obtain sensitive information.
At least one Australian official has lost his job over this according to the Canberra Times.
A senior Australian agricultural trade specialist, Dr Yeon Kim, has lost his security clearance and employment with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences.
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation alleged Dr Kim was involved in the “foreign interference” by the South Korean intelligence operatives.
The revelation of economic espionage is embarrassing to Seoul and Canberra as Australia has strongly backed South Korea in its stand-off with North Korea. Last month Australian troops took part in joint military exercises with South Korea and the United States for the first time.
Although engaged in what ASIO described as “inappropriate activities” harmful to Australia’s interests, no South Korean spies have been expelled from Australia. Instead, in an effort to maintain good relations with the NIS, ASIO took legal action to prevent disclosure of the incident and protect the identities of the South Korean agents so they might continue their clandestine careers.
They let them go? Shouldn’t they be strapped to tables with lasers slowly moving towards them as we speak? Do I need to head over there are tell ASIO how this spy game is done?
Wait they probably wouldn’t actually tell us about the laster tables, they’d tell us everything is fine…
Well played ASIO, well played.