Indonesia boost spy gear


Michael Bachelard
Nov 23rd, 2013

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Indonesian correspondent Michael Bachelard captures the fiery demonstrations outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta.INDONESIA has moved to beef up its own spying apparatus in response to revelations that Australia tapped the phone of its president.

As the fallout over the spy row continues to widen, Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa confirmed that all cooperation on people smuggling — from police information sharing to search and rescue — had now halted.

A presidential decree issued on Friday means that the intelligence chiefs the country’s police, military, Attorney-General’s department, and all other public sector departments will be drawn together and meet regularly under the authority of the State Intelligence Agency to coordinate their resources.

The new body, to be called the Central Intelligence Committee, is a direct response by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to his shock and sense of betrayal…

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