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Judges, journalists and military veterans targeted in ‘unprecedented’ spy threat on Australia

Journalists, military veterans and judicial figures are being targeted by foreign espionage agencies at “unprecedented” levels, with the country’s intelligence chief revealing a “hive of spies” was removed from Australia in the past year.

In his annual threat assessment, the director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has also hit out at former military personnel who have put “cash before country” by working for authoritarian regimes, describing them as “top tools” more than “top guns”.

“Based on what ASIO is seeing, more Australians are being targeted for espionage and foreign interference than at any…

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