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Jakarta summons Australia envoy

AFP - Reuters | 2013-11-2 0:43:01
By AFP – Reuters

Indonesia summoned the Australian ambassador in Jakarta on Friday over a report his embassy was part of a vast US-led surveillance network, as the spying row that has soured US-Europe relations spread in Asia.

This comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted on Thursday that US spying had sometimes gone too far.

"I assure you, innocent people are not being abused in this process, but there's an effort to try to gather information," Kerry told a London conference via video link. "And yes, in some cases, it has reached too far inappropriately."

The row erupted in the region after the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, amplifying an earlier story by German magazine Der Spiegel, this week reported a top-secret map leaked by fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden showed 90 US surveillance facilities at diplomatic missions worldwide.

Its reports focused on secret US intelligence facilities in Asia and also said Australian diplomatic posts were being used to monitor phone calls and collect data as part of the American surveillance network.

On Friday, Australian ambassador Greg Moriarty was summoned to the foreign ministry in Jakarta after the Sydney Morning Herald reported his embassy was being used in the US spying operation.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa described the reported spying activities as "just not cricket."

Natalegawa, speaking Friday after talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Perth, said his government was "obviously deeply concerned."

The Sydney Morning Herald said the secret map showed there were US intelligence facilities at diplomatic posts across Southeast Asia as well as in East Asia.

In Malaysia, the foreign minister said it had "sought clarification" from the US ambassador to Malaysia, Joseph Yun, over the allegations.

The reaction from other Southeast Asian nations mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald report was more muted, however, with Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar seeking to downplay the issue.

Amid the political uproar, Snowden's lawyer said Friday that the leaker will not be able to leave Russia to be questioned by German prosecutors in the investigation into alleged US surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, but can provide testimony inside the country.

And according to a US official familiar with the spying, US President Barack Obama has ordered the NSA to stop eavesdropping on the headquarters of the IMF and World Bank, which is part of a review of intelligence gathering activities.

AFP - Reuters

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