July 10, 2013
The WikiLeaks Party today called on the Rudd government to reveal the nature of intelligence being collected by Australian defence facilities on behalf of the United States.
Earlier this week Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence officer, revealed that the US Australian Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs and three Australian Signals Directorate facilities: the Shoal Bay Receiving Station near Darwin, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Facility at Geraldton and the naval communications station HMAS Harman near Canberra are collecting data for the National Security Agency X-Keyscore data collection program.
The WikiLeaks Party National Council spokesperson, Kellie Tranter said, “The Rudd government owes it to all Australians to reveal whether or not citizens of this country are having their data sent for analysis to the United States.”
“It is disturbing that neither the Rudd Government nor the Coalition have responded to Mr. Snowden’s revelations. Australians are entitled to know whether or not their government is allowing a foreign power to infringe their privacy.”
“It may be for example that any electronic communications that Australians have with the United States whether it be for business or social reasons are being sucked into the US intelligence network by our own defence intelligence facilities. If that is the case, again Australians should be told.”
“If the WikiLeaks Party is elected to the Senate in the forthcoming federal election we will seek to have intelligence agencies table twice yearly a report on their data collection activities.” said Ms. Tranter. This policy was first announced by WikiLeaks Party Victorian Senate Candidate, Julian Assange on ABC’s Lateline program, June 10, 2013.
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