David Wroe

David Wroe

David Wroe is national security correspondent for The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in Canberra.

Don't attack Islamic leaders: ASIO boss

David Wroe David Irvine hits back at suggestions that Muslim leaders

Australian jihadists involved with 'worst of the worst' atrocities in Syria and Iraq, ASIO boss says

The now infamous Khaled Sharrouf steadily post gruesome pictures on web social media sites.

David Wroe, Defence Correspondent Australia's top spy calls the current Middle East conflicts 'social media wars' and warns this could inspire young followers at home.

ASIO boss says government is fighting terrorism, not Islam

David Wroe Australia's top spy has launched an impassioned appeal to the nation's half a million Muslims not to mistake the Abbott government's counterterrorism push as "fighting Islam".

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Officials broke rules on Zygier as case was flicked to ASIO

David Wroe, Tom Allard Two of Australia's highest ranking foreign affairs officials knew of the jailing of Melbourne man Ben Zygier - dubbed ''Prisoner X'' - in Israel but left his consular care in the hands of spy agency...

ASIO turns its spies onto high-tech espionage

Cyber spy generic.

David Wroe Australia's top spy flags shift in focus for national security agency, with more resources for high-tech espionage after a decade of concentrating on terrorism.

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Muslim leaders worried about new terror laws

David Wroe The Abbott government faces an uphill battle to win Muslim community support for new counter-terrorism laws and to dispel fears they are fighting Islam, some community leaders and members say.

Australian suicide bomber kills three in Iraq

David Wroe The first Australian suicide bomber in Iraq killed three people in the heart of Baghdad on Thursday, an extremist group has claimed, raising the involvement of local jihadists in the spiralling...

Religious extremist Musa Cerantonio set to walk free after his deportation

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Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe Philippine authorities are treating Australian religious extremist Musa Cerantonio as a "high risk and high value" prisoner but he is set to walk free after his imminent deportation to Melbourne.

Increased powers will boost terrorism fight

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

David Wroe Spy agencies will be given new powers to access computers and monitor online communications amid growing fears about the terrorism threat posed by Australians fighting in the Middle East.

Australians fighting for rebels in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite.

David Wroe Australians are fighting in Iraq with the al-Qaeda splinter group whose lightning offensive over the past week threatens to tear the fragile country apart.

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Indonesian hackers vow payback over Australian spying

Internet hackers

David Wroe Indonesian hackers are vowing a fresh wave of cyber attacks against Australia in retaliation for the spying affair, this time targetting government websites including intelligence agency ASIO.

Huawei wants equal treatment for NBN suppliers

John Lord chairman of Huawei Australia.

David Wroe Local arm of Chinese telecom firm hits back at exclusion from national broadband network.

Huawei hits back at NBN deal rejection

David Wroe The local arm of Chinese telecom firm Huawei has hit back at its exclusion from the National Broadband Network by calling for independent cyber spying checks on all foreign-made technology used in...

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Danger does not compute in cyber war

The creators of Facebook hate pages may be prosecuted.

David Wroe The number of serious cyber attacks investigated by Canberra's defence spy agency doubled last year, new figures show, as security experts warn of dangerous complacency in the Australian community...

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Australian diplomat 'aware Zygier being held'

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David Wroe and Ruth Pollard An Australian diplomat knew that Melbourne man Ben Zygier was being held in an Israeli prison before he died in his cell, the government has admitted, amid explosive reports that Mr Zygier was a...

'We failed our duty' to Prisoner X

Ayalon Prison.

David Wroe Melbourne man dubbed 'Prisoner X' received no consular assistance from Australian officials despite the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade having been told of his detention by Israeli...

Department relied on Israel over 'Prisoner X'

Ben Zygier

David Wroe THE Melbourne man dubbed ''Prisoner X'' received no consular assistance from Australian officials despite the Department of Foreign Affairs having been told of his detention by Israeli authorities...

No help from home as official account changes

Bob Carr.

David Wroe NINE days ago, the office of the Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, sent written questions to the minister's department seeking advice for a TV interview Carr would record the following evening on the...

Refugee awaits Cairo reply

Egyptian asylum-seeker Sayed Ahmed Abdellatif.

Daniel Flitton and David Wroe The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.

Egyptian authorities to advise on refugee

Refugee

Daniel Flitton, David Wroe The fate of a refugee who fled the Mubarak regime and was convicted of terrorism charges before escaping to Australia hangs in the balance as federal police wait on advice from Egyptian authorities.