Chinese intelligence officer requesting political asylum in Australia exposes Communist espionage | 60 Minutes Australia (24 November 2019)

“A Chinese spy defects to Australia. His shocking revelations are guaranteed to infuriate Beijing.  How China conducts questionable activities around the world, including its attempts to infiltrate the Australian government.” (60 Minutes Australia)

Key points in this documentary:

  • Infiltrating Australia
  • Disinformation and subversion of democracy protesters in HK
  • Obtaining US intelligence
  • Unification of  Taiwan through political subversion
  • Cyber army and university students

Author: Alan Malcher

Military historian and defence commentator

4 thoughts on “Chinese intelligence officer requesting political asylum in Australia exposes Communist espionage | 60 Minutes Australia (24 November 2019)”

  1. Alan: The story is a bit old. Since then considerable doubt has emerged that the man is indeed who he claimed to be. At best he was a low-level operative who ran into trouble: by defecting he would get asylum and he hoped monetary compensation for the (largely bogus) intelligence he would impart to ASIO.

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    1. Good points Giles, I posted it simply because we tend to forget Chinese IO’s but I do take your point.


      1. Thanks. It is interesting to study the psychology of the defector.
        (1) There are the star defectors who meet all expectations.
        (2) There are the semi-bogus defectors who defected for reasons that are not those they state, and make up stories so as to be taken seriously.
        (3) There are the very helpful defectors who initially tell a lot that’s important but can’t face the fact that at some stage theywill have told all they know and thus lose their star quality. Psychologically they need the attention. So they start making up stories. Well-known examples: Anatoliy Golitsyn who eventually fed JJ Angleton’s tendency to engage into conspiracy theories, thus causing a lot of damage. or closer to us, but less damaging, Ion Mihai Pacepa.

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