Foreign Minister Marise Payne has made clear that Yang Hengjun was not spying on behalf of Australia, but it may matter little in China, where the conviction rate is more than 99%.
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The detained writer is entitled to Australian consular access while in prison in China, but like other detained Chinese-Australians, Canberra has few other legal options to help him.
Protesters outside the Australian embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste, in 2016, demanding a settlement of the border dispute between the nations.
Since Timor-Leste's independence, relations with Australia have been undermined by contentious negotiations over oil and gas fields. But a new maritime border may mean brighter days ahead.
Dr Yang has been held in Beijing under harsh conditions, without access to lawyers or family for more than seven months before being formally arrested.
Outspoken Australian-Chinese democracy advocate Dr Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of spying, further straining relations between the two countries.
Both the US and Australia are restricting the activities of Chinese telco Huawei.
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It's not clear what we gain by blocking Huawei's involvement in Australia's 5G network.
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Countries may be forced to choose whether they side with the US or China when it comes to Huawei.
Sacked: former UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson was dismissed following the alleged leak of sensitive government information.
Politicians have been leaking secrets to journalists as long as newspapers have existed. But it's getting more difficult thanks to surveillance technology.
Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer as an MI6 agent and a psychopathic assassin.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge's funny, sassy, violent script doesn't make a drama out of the two strong female leads, it normalises them.
Comrades and friends: Michael Foot with his election agent Ron Lemin.
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Was the former Labour leader a paid-up Soviet spy? It's time the security services told us once and for all.
Witness K and his lawyer are accused of conspiring to reveal that Australia’s former foreign minister ordered an espionage operation against East Timor’s government.
The prosecution wants a closed trial, while the defence wants to keep secret only what's necessary to protect Australia’s national security.
What constitutes cyberwar?
The difference between probing and mapping and actually attacking depends on the intent of the people doing it, which is hard to figure out and may change. The dangers, however, remain worrying.
Landbridge has employed former trade minister Andrew Robb.
It is likely that the parliamentary intelligence and security committee will want more clarification on how things would operate in the grey area.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Attorney-general Christian Porter explicitly cast an eye to coming byelections when welcoming the release of the report.
Where possible, Opposition leader Bill Shorten tries to stick like glue to the government on national security issues, for reasons of politics as well as substance.
Moneypenny, as played by Naomie Harris, has been told that “fieldwork isn’t for everyone”.
With its first ever recruitment advert, MI6 is reaching out to women and minority groups. But like their fictional counterparts, will they still end up doing desk work?
Politics Podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws.
John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed foreign interference legislation on academic debate.
Increasingly, the language of ‘national security’ is invoked to protect a government’s broader interests.
New laws aiming to crack down on foreign interference in Australian politics suggest the concept of 'national security' is continually expanding.
South Africa’s intelligence services continue to have more in common with their apartheid-era counterparts 23 years into democracy.
South Africa's intelligence services operate secretly and with minimal oversight. So citizens will probably never know exactly what they are up to.
Otto John, middle, in Berlin in 1954.
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The 1954 defection of West Germany's first domestic spy chief and ardent anti-Nazi rocked the world – and then he returned to Bonn.
In the years leading up to World War II, Ivan Maisky and Winston Churchill developed a close friendship.
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The Soviet ambassador to London showed that charm and contacts can trump espionage when it comes to gathering information.
Former trade minister Andrew Robb walked from parliament into a high-paying post with a Chinese company.
This week’s ABC Four Corners/Fairfax expose of Chinese activities in Australia is alarming not just for its revelations about a multi-fronted pattern of influence-seeking but also for what it says about…