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Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said Monday that Jakarta considers the tapping of private cell phones of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the first lady and several senior officials in 2009 as a “misdeed” and an “unfriendly act”.
“We are calling our ambassador back from Canberra immediately for a consultation. I cannot say for how long, but I told him not to carry only cabin baggage,” said Marty.
“Australia has systematically, one by one, violated the principles of democracy and privacy…We’ve heard some clarification from Australia but we’re not satisfied with their dismissive answers as if it is a matter of course in diplomatic relations to spy on other countries,” Marty told a press conference held in his office to respond to the latest Australian media reports.
The foreign affairs minister said media reports showed authorities in Canberra were acting against civil and political rights.
According to leaked Snowden documents, Australia and the United States are reportedly using their embassies in the capitals of 90 countries to tap information for intelligence operations.
Apart from recalling the Indonesian ambassador, Jakarta will also review its information sharing cooperation with Australia, Marty said.