ASIO plays a risky game of trust with Sri Lanka

By Bruce Haigh
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:55am, first published February 29 2012 - 4:00pm

The mandate of security organisations such as ASIO is to secretly collect, collate and store information for use in briefing government and other agencies in order to protect citizens, institutions and government from harm by hostile persons and organisations. The requirement for secrecy and the guardianship of secrets confers power, particularly if the gathering of secrets, the interpretation of secret information and the knowledge of what secrets are held, are beyond the scrutiny of the parliament and people.

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