by Ganesh Sahathevan
In yet another show of his inability to function in an intelligence and counter-intelligence role, ASIO head Duncan Lewis has been shown unaware if not unable to counter foreign government interference at the Villawood Detention Centre.
The matter came to light when evidence was recently sighted suggesting that a foreign government acting via a local agent had the final say as to who could or could not visit one of its citizens held at Villawood. One visitor has even been told that he has been permanently barred from visiting the detainee. There is some evidence that the local agent is able to do so with the cooperation of Villawood management.
The local agent is from the country concerned but now resides in Australia.
In his communications he quoted the national law enforcement agency of that country as the source of his instructions. His assertion coincides with that of the chief of police of that country who earlier this year was quoted in media reports as saying that his officers had visited and interrogated the detainee at Villawood.
Those reports had been brought to the attention of Duncan Lewis , his minister George Brandis, and the minister in charge of detention centres, Peter Dutton. Clearly ,nothing has been done.
As I have said before, Duncan Lewis is no spy master. In this case he has been undermined by a local agent of a foreign nation who was once a clerk in the NSW public service.