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Australia's Spies and their Secrets - David McKnight

Australia's Spies and their Secrets

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Australia's Spies and their Secrets tells the inside story of the rise and fall of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) - Australia's premier spy body. Based on thousands of documents never before revealed, along with interviews with over thirty former ASIO officers and many of those spied upon, this fascinating book exposes the secret dimensions of Australia's post-war politics and history. It is certain to provoke debate and controversy.

In this ultimate Australian spy story, investigative journalist David McKnight: rewrites the known history of the Petrov Royal Commission; instances actual cases of Soviet espionage in Australia; tells how a gigantic system of security dossiers on ordinary Australians was built up; exposes government and ASIO plans to intern 10 000 people; outlines ASIO's links with the leadership of the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party; reveals ASIO's extensive use of journalists; outlines ASIO's hidden role in the Vietnam War; and tells how ASIO officers feared that Lionel Murphy was a KGB spy.

Australia's Spies and their Secrets is essential reading about Australia and its recent past.

'This book is a fascinating study of ASIO, meticulously researched and destined, no doubt, to become an indispensable source for understanding Australia's spies.' - Jim McClelland, Former Minister in the Whitlam Government

Acknowledgements

Dramatis personae

Abbreviations

Introduction


PART I SPECTRES AND SPIES, 1944-1957

Introduction

1 The origins of ASIO

2 Labor's security service

3 The spyhunt begins

4 Military coup, enter Colonel Spry

5 The nest of traitors?

6 The spy drama that gripped a nation

7 The case of K

8 Endless enemies

9 Operation Pigeon, Operation Dalziel

PART II THE WAR ON SUBVERSION, 1949-1960

Introduction

10 Peace, war and internment

11 The invisible blacklist

12 Nazis, aliens and foreign agents

13 Trenchcoats and mortarboards

PART III HUBRIS, 1960-1972

Introduction

14 Smart Sylvia and Ivan the terrible spy

15 Reaping the whirlwind

16 Dirty tricks, special projects

17 Enemies and friends in the Labor Party and the unions

18 The anti-Vietnam War movement and ASIO's counter-insurgency planning

19 The New Left and the old moles

PART IV THE FALL, 1969-1975

Introduction

20 The roots of the Murphy raid

21 Murphy's law

22 'Is Murphy a KGB agent?'

23 The beginning of the end

Epilogue 1976-1993

Endnotes

Bibliography

Index

ISBN: 9781863736619
ISBN-10: 1863736611
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st May 1994
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1