Lawyer Bernard Collaery says he has correspondence to back his assertion.
Australia’s intelligence watchdog can find no records of a former spy raising concerns about the alleged bugging of East Timor during oil and sea gas negotiations in 2004.
The former Australian Secret Intelligence Service agent was raided by ASIO officers, along with his lawyer Bernard Collaery this week.
Mr Collaery said the agent had approached the Inspector General of Intelligence and Security about his concerns and given “permission” to get a lawyer. IGIS, however, did not investigate.
He said the approach was made to the former IGIS Ian Carnell.
"To the best of my knowledge, no current or former ASIS officer has raised concerns with this office about any alleged government activity with respect to East Timor since my appointment in April 2010," the current inspector general Vivienne Thom said in a statement.
"I have spoken to my predecessor and he has confirmed that, to the best of his recollection, no current or former ASIS officer raised concerns with this office about any alleged Australian government activity with respect to East Timor.”
Dr Thom said she had no records of any discussion either.
Mr Collaery, speaking from the The Hague on Friday night where he is representing the East Timorese government in arbitration with Australia over the oil and gas treaty, was adamant there was a discussion with IGIS and the former agent.
He said he had the correspondence to back his assertion.