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Oil, Spies and Audiotape in East Timor

Charles Glass
Board of Contributors
Jul 22, 2018 | 17:00 GMT
Timor-Leste's Foreign Affairs minister Jose Luis Gutierrez (R) speaks with Australian lawyer Bernard Collaery (L) during a session of the International Court of Justice in 2014. Collaery faces prosecution in Australia for disclosing information about the country's intelligence services in a case worthy of a spy novel.

Timor-Leste's Foreign Affairs minister Jose Luis Gutierrez (R) speaks with Australian lawyer Bernard Collaery Bernard Collaery during an audience of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, on January 20, 2014. Tiny, young East Timor drags its giant neighbour Australia before the United Nations' top court this week in a cloak-and-dagger case with billions of dollars in natural resources at stake. At the heart of the David and Goliath dispute at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is a controversial oil and gas treaty signed by Dili in 2006, shortly after independence from Indonesia. East Timor wants judges at the ICJ, which rules on disputes between states, to order Australia to return documents its intelligence services seized last year relating to Dili's bid to get the treaty torn up. AFP PHOTO / NICOLAS DELAUNAY (Photo credit should read NICOLAS DELAUNAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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On July 25, a former Australian Secret Intelligence Services operative and his attorney will go on trial for allegedly disclosing secret information about the agency in an effort to blow the whistle on corruption. ...

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