Home Asia Australian open probe into 'Chinese ' claims

Australian police open probe into ‘Chinese spy’ claims

Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the allegations as "deeply disturbing and troubling".

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Australian have opened an investigation into explosive claims by a self-styled Chinese defected Down Under with an apparent trove of sensitive intelligence.

The Australian Federal Police announced the probe and is expected to interview Wang Liqiang over his claims that Chinese intelligence tried to interfere with Australian politics.

Wang fled to and told local he knew the identities of ’s senior military intelligence officers in Hong Kong and took part in covert influence operations there, as well as in and Australia.

Separate allegations that China tried to recruit a Melbourne businessman and get him elected to parliament are the subject of a coronial inquest.

- Advertisement -

The businessman Bo “Nick” Zhao — a 32-year-old luxury car dealer who was a member of the ruling Liberal Party — apparently rebuffed the offer and was found dead in a motel room in March.

“The Australian Federal Police can confirm is investigating allegations of foreign interference activities in Australia, as recently reported in the media,” a spokesperson told AFP.

“As this investigation is ongoing, would not be appropriate to comment further.”

Minister Scott Morrison described the allegations as “deeply disturbing and troubling”.

- Advertisement -

The country’s main spy agency, the Australian Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), said it was aware of Wang’s claims and was actively investigating them.

Wang is reportedly living in Sydney with his wife and infant son on a tourist visa.

China has accused him of being an unemployed fraudster and fugitive.

© Agence France-Presse

- Advertisement -
Advertisement

Popular

‘We’re not rebels’: ‘Progressive’ caucus push for reforms in Umno

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 18 -- Hoping for a "return" of Umno to its more centrist and people-centric roots, several...

Parliament’s PAC to commence proceedings on land swap, AES and 1BestariNet, says chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 18 -- The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will commence proceedings on three new issues raised by...

Is Amanah still worth it for Anwar to combat the PAS?

This is the part 2 of the analysis on the and the . The part one can be...
YouTube
LinkedIn
LinkedIn
Share
Instagram