Australia Accuses India of Spying

Australia Accuses India of Spying

New Delhi. Australian media outlets have ignited a potential diplomatic rift with India, alleging the expulsion of Indian spies in 2020. The reports, published on Tuesday, claim the spies were caught attempting to steal classified information.

While publications like "The Australian" and "The Sydney Morning Herald" report the expulsion of two Indian spies, the "Australian Broadcasting Corporation" (ABC) avoids specifying a number. Additionally, no official statement has been issued by Indian authorities in response to these accusations.

ABC report details alleged activities

According to the ABC report, the expelled individuals were accused of acquiring sensitive data on Australian defense projects, airport security measures, and trade relations. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) reportedly identified these alleged spies in 2020.

Wider net of accusations

The reports further claim the suspects engaged in monitoring activities targeting Indian residents within Australia and attempted to establish connections with current and former Australian politicians.

Intrigue surrounds 2020 expulsion

The ABC report adds another layer of intrigue, revealing that ASIO Director-General Mike Burgess publicly mentioned a spy ring in 2021's annual threat assessment but refrained from identifying the involved nation.

Tensions escalate with Washington Post report

These accusations come amidst heightened tensions following a Washington Post article alleging an Indian officer's involvement in a plot to assassinate Khalistani leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. India has vehemently denied the validity of the Washington Post report.


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