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Is the Australian Foreign Minister a "Spy?" Australian newspaper exposes Bob Carr as an "agent" under US influence. Is the Australian Foreign Minister a "Spy?" Australian newspaper exposes Bob Carr as an "agent" under US influence.
by Murray Hunter
2013-04-09 11:11:43
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Is the Australian Foreign Minister a "Spy?" Australian newspaper exposes Bob Carr as an "agent" under US influence.

Is US influence in the higher echelons of Australian politics destroying policy objectivity?

This revelation could open up old suspicions within the Australian Labor party once again

Just around a week ago in Beijing, Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr entered the US-Korea conflict by trying to persuade the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi to adopt sanctions against North Korea[i].  Today (8th April), an investigative journalist from the respected conservative Australian newspaper "The Age" after going through 11,000 US cables from the US embassy in Canberra and consulates in Sydney and Melbourne, leaked by US Army Private Bradley Manning and published WikiLeaks found that the current Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr had been briefing the US embassy since the 1970s on both the internal decision making of the Australian Government during the Whitlam Labor Government (1972-75) and internal workings of the Australian labor Party (ALP)[ii].

Bob Carr has been Australia's Foreign Minister for 12 months replacing Kevin Rudd who resigned after challenging Julia Gillard for the Prime Ministership. Carr has been involved in the Australian Labor Party for more than 40 years and was once the New South Wales Premier from 1995-2005. Carr began his relationship with US embassy officials in the mid 1970s when he was President of Young Labor and education officer of the NSW Labor Council. According to The Age investigative report Philip Dorling he would regularly brief the US Consul General over labour issues and the prospects of the Labor Government in Canberra. From the information gathered from Carr and also NSW Labor President John Ducker, intelligence reports on Australian politics and labour issues would be sent onto Washington. Leaked US cables to WikiLeaks also indicated that the former Labor Senator Mark Arbib, who is also the son in law of the current Australian Governor General Quentin Bryce, was also a "protected" US embassy source passing on information and commentary on Australian politics.

Bob Carr is very well known for his staunch support for the Australian-US alliance, as an un-negotiable pillar of policy and often dismisses critics as being in "emotional silly expression lacking in any substance and characteristic of the silly left wing fringe of the ALP". With such rigid advice to the Prime Minister and cabinet at a time where many academics and commentators like Professor Hugh White[iii] of the Australian National University are calling for a re-appraisal of this alliance and much more strategic engagement with China, it is very difficult to see how the pending 2013 Defense White Paper will hale any major shifts in policy on this matter. At the very least, hanging on to the Australian-US alliance without any objective appraisal and redefinition may not serve the country's strategy interests in the Asia-Pacific Region well, if the US continues a competitive stance against China.

These revelations add to past suspicions by many in the Labour movement about members of the party and government (when Labor was in power) who have been involved in close relationships with US officials.

Labor suspicion of US intelligence operating in Australia mainly stems from the election of the reformist and nationalistic Whitlam Labor Government in 1972, after 23 years in opposition. Whitlam immediately pulled Australia out of the Vietnam conflict, recognized the Peoples' Republic of China, campaigned for a nuclear free Indian Ocean, spoke up for Palestinian rights in the United Nations, and opposed French nuclear testing in the Pacific.

In 1973, the then Attorney General of Australia Lionel Murphy led a raid on the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), the equivalent to the US CIA, over concern with the organization's involvement with the training of fascist Croatian groups, and the launching of terrorist operations from Australian soil. According to the Hope Commission back in 1977, ASIO was handing over to the CIA information on Australian opposition politicians and kept files on all ALP members.

The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) was assisting the CIA in undertaking clandestine operations in Cambodia and Chile, even though Australia was officially neutral in Cambodia and supported the Government of Salvador Allende in Chile, without the knowledge of the Australian Government.  Kerr's time working for a closely aligned Australian intelligence organization to the US OSS, the forerunner of the CIA has always added mystic to conspiracy theorists about the dismissal.

Many felt that when the Whitlam Government took measures to control the operations of the US Navel Communications Station on the North-West cape of Western Australia, the Defense Signals Directorate in Melbourne, the Joint Defense research facility at Pine Gap and Nurrunger in South Australia, that the US became vitally concerned.  

After Whitlam discovered that ASIO and ASIS had secretly assisted the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975, he dismissed the heads of both organizations. Whitlam then hinted that he may not renew the Pine Gap agreement with the US due for signing on 9th December 1975, which would have severely dented US intelligence gathering ability. Labor mythology believes that the US Ambassador to Australia at the time Marshall Green had a hand in the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in November 1075 by the then Governor General Sir John Kerr.

During the first week after the dismissal of the Labor Government, the army was on stand-by at their barracks in case there were mass demonstrations. However it was the Australian Council of Trade Union President Bob Hawke who summoned the labour movement to be calm. US diplomatic cables also implicate former prime Minister Hawke regularly conferred with the US Consulate in Melbourne during his ACTU years[iv]. It was generally believed that the Labor Attaché at the US embassy in Canberra was in reality the CIA station chief[v]. The future Hawke Government elected in 1984 went on to implement many pro-US initiatives, and prevented public disclosure of documents relating  to the Nugan Hand Bank, which were believed to implicate the CIA with drug trafficking and organized crime, during his term as Prime Minister.

This is the first time that leaked US documents has confirmed what many believe to be the truth surrounding US infiltration within the Australian Labor Party. The issue is likely to be very quickly dismissed in Australia over the argument that the US is an ally. However within these documents there is some proof and support that the US has meddled in the affairs of the Australian union movement and political parties for some years. What is even more astounding is that some Labor politicians showed disloyalty to their party to a foreign power, at during the Whitlam years.

Bob Carr has been forthright in exposing past politicians as members of the Communist Party of Australia[vi], so should take the accusations against him seriously, either stepping aside for the duration of an inquiry or resign outright. David Combe's relationship with a Soviet diplomat Valery Ivanov back in 1984 led to swift action on the part of the Hawke Government at the time. In the interests of transparency and ensuring sovereignty of the Australian Government the Australian Federal Police and ASIO should conduct an inquiry. This needs to happen in the interests of Australian independence.  Somehow I doubt this will happen.

Just how objectively can the Australian Government consider their strategic options in the coming 2013 Defense White Paper?



[i] http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/political-news/carr-takes-aim-at-n-korea-20130401-2h33y.html

[ii] http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/bob-carr-washingtons-man-in-australia-20130408-2hgut.html

[iii] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HojBPUloUgs

[iv] http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/political-news/the-real-word-about-whitlam-20130408-2hh5k.html

[v] McKnight, D., "Labor and the Quiet Americans", The Age, February 20, 2003, P. 15.

[vi] Ballantyne, J., (2010), Communist "Bombshell" rocks the Labor Party, News Weekly, July 24, 2010, http://newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=4366


    
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Emanuel Paparella2013-04-09 11:30:14
What the above piece seems to suggest is that in the interests of radical transparency it is perfectly legitimate to go through thousands of Wiki-leak classified diplomatic cables, illegally obtained, and disseminate them so that we can then ask Mr. Carr: are you a CIA spy and a traitor to Australia?

That would not be too dissimilar from going through thousands of letters of a hacked private conversation between a husband and wife to then egregiously insinuate that because we have engaged in such an operation it proves our egregious charge and it is perfectly ok to insinuate that the husband may be a wife abuser and we can even ask him if in fact he is one such, and do so even before the charge to that effect has been legally issued.

Given that Mr. Carr, as foreign minister of Australia, has communicated with thousands upon thousands of diplomats from around the world: Chinese, American, European, African, should we perhaps up the ante a bit and ask him if he is also a spy for all those continents and countries and as a world-wide spy prosecute him and condemn him to life in prison? Could it be, could it just be that “the lady doth protest too much,” that perhaps all the public indignation at the loss of sovereignty unconcerned with the legality of classified documents is a mere cover for good old anti-Americanism that sees a CIA spy under every bed? One wonders.


Eleana2013-04-09 13:36:22
And who might the 'lady' be? I didn't read anything about a lady protesting.


Emanuel Paparella2013-04-09 17:45:50
Ms. Winter Irving, that is a quote from Shakespeare's MacBeth. It is a rather well known play by a rather well known dramatist even in our logical positivistic times, and it implies that those who have to resort to slander and bias to protest injustices may be protesting a bit much and may be covering up their real agenda.


Leah Sellers2013-04-10 05:46:06
Amazing, the height of the Suspicion of Spying in today's World.
However, could it be that where there is smoke, there is a burgeoning Fire ?
Are we merely Droning on 'making much ado about nothing'? Or is that snap, crackle, pop in my phone line an Un-authorized (or even more dangerously), an Authority-ized Wire Tap ?
Hold it, is that Music in the air ? "Somebody's Watchin' Me-e-e !" Is it being Sung in an American Accent ? An Australian ? A Chinese ? A Russian ? An Indian ? A Middle Eastern Accent ?
That's the difficulty with Suspicions. They follow you around Everywhere and they appear to be in Everything and Everyone.
"Somebody's Watching Me-e" !
Somebody's Watching you-ou ! Boo !!
That's what's great about Eye-Spying. Turn-about is always Fair Play.


Eleana2013-04-10 11:55:34
Oh, thank you for the enlightening info. I have never heard of Shakespear. Does he/she shake a spear? And MacBeth, was he the king of Scotland who died in 1058; the son of Findliaech, hereditary ruler of Moray? I know about him. He was the commander of the forces of Duncan, king of Scotia. I believe he murdered him in 1040. Then of course he too was murdered at Lumphanan. Or are you referring to Holinshed’s Chronicles?


Emanuel Paparella2013-04-10 19:18:10
The unfortunate outcomes of those who debunk history and its legacy are that they 1) are condemned to repeat history’s mistake, 2) will end up reinventing the wheel and thinking that they are being original, 3) will fail to appreciate irony and satire and remain at the surface of things, 4) will judge everything by their limited experience within a very short period of time, one’s life span, 5) will fail to appreciate that to be a philosopher does not mean to go after gnostic knowledge (which can be used for bad means and purposes) but to go after wisdom (philosophy literally means love of wisdom in Greek) a wisdom which will forever elude them because they have to reinvent it constantly as the circumstances require.


Eleana2013-04-12 15:27:15
Emanuel, how little you know about Gnostic knowledge. It can never be used for bad means or purposes. It would be impossible. Gnostic knowledge is spiritual truth. That is all. You on the other hand write for bad means and purposes. That is a fact.


Emanuel Paparella2013-04-20 07:06:20
Sounds like Junghian "projection" to me pronounced as orthodoxy, the same one condemned in the Catholic Church...


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