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BBC: Australia has busted a “hive” of spies which has been operating in the country for years, its intelligence chief says. 

Mike Burgess did not identify any countries behind the network, but said the undercover operatives appeared to be “highly trained”. 

The group would study and “potentially seduce” targets including judges, journalists and veterans, he claimed. 

It shows the threat posed by foreign spies is at an all-time high, he added. 

While delivering his annual threat assessment in Canberra, the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (Asio) chief outlined a “concerted campaign” to infiltrate the Australian media to shape reporting and gain information on sources.  

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WNU Editor: Australia’s spy boss is getting some push-back …. ASIO head says espionage is ‘principal security concern’ but some Australians don’t understand the threat it poses (SKY News). 

More News On Australia’s Spy Boss Detailing Unprecedented Espionage Dangers  

Judges, journalists and military veterans targeted in ‘unprecedented’ spy threat on Australia — ABC News Australia

Australian spy boss details unprecedented espionage danger — AP

ASIO boss warns on foreign interference, spy hives — Sydney Morning Herald