SYDNEY – Australian spy agencies attempted to listen to the phone calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and targeted his wife and senior ministers, reports said Monday, prompting Jakarta to recall its ambassador to Australia.
Secret documents leaked by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and the Guardian newspaper, name the president and nine of his inner circle as targets of the spying.
The embarrassing details emerged with ties between the strategic allies already strained over previous spying allegations.
The documents show that Australia’s electronic intelligence agency tracked Yudhoyono’s activity on his mobile phone for 15 days in August 2009, when Labor’s Kevin Rudd was prime minister.
The directorate reportedly intercepted at least one call.
A list of targets also included Yudhoyono’s wife, Ani, Vice President Boediono — who was in Australia last week, former vice president Jusuf Kalla, the foreign affairs spokesman, the security minister and the information minister, the reports said.