Australia pleaded for more spying on its citizens, new book claims

Australia ''pleaded'' with the US security agency to extend their partnership and subject Australian citizens to greater surveillance, a new book on whistleblower Edward Snowden claims.

No Place To Hide, by US journalist Glenn Greenwald, is based on United States National Security Agency (NSA) documents he received from Snowden (right).

Greenwald claims Australia requested increased surveillance with the NSA on the communications of citizens deemed suspicious.

''In 2011 the Australian government explicitly pleaded with the NSA to 'extend' their partnership and subject Australian citizens to greater surveillance,'' he writes.

Last year Snowden, a former NSA contractor, revealed secret documents showing Australian spy agencies tried to monitor the mobile calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The documents sparked a major rift between the countries putting strain on bilateral ties already under pressure over the Abbott government's policy to turn back boats of asylum seekers.