Australian, Indonesian Defense Ministers to Discuss Surveillance

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  • Australian Defense Minister David Johnston stands on the podium with his Indonesian counterpart Purnomo Yusgiantoro (R), as they inspect honor guards prior to their meeting in Jakarta, Friday (8/11). AP/Dita Alangkara

    Australian Defense Minister David Johnston stands on the podium with his Indonesian counterpart Purnomo Yusgiantoro (R), as they inspect honor guards prior to their meeting in Jakarta, Friday (8/11). AP/Dita Alangkara

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Tensions are rising as the Indonesian government plans to demand an explanation from Australia over the controversial allegations of surveillance reported by Australia’s Herald Sun and Ninemsn.com.au. 

    Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro held a meeting earlier today with his Australian counterpart, Defense Minister David Johnston, to supposedly have talks over this issue. However, Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Sisriadi Iskandar refused to reveal the actual agenda of the meeting. 

    Previously, Minister Yusgiantoro warned he would take severe action against Australia if its government is proven to have aided the states in spying on Indonesia, yet did not go into detail on what he may actually do.  

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