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 Spies, China and megabytes

Spies, China and megabytes

Inside the overhaul of Australia’s intelligence agencies


Intelligence is of the greatest value where it informs decisions – from the strategic choices facing ministers in government to the tactics employed by operational commanders in war. It is this value that justifies the considerable expenditure on intelligence, and its covert activities … Forthright, high-quality and objective intelligence can challenge the foundations of existing policy.

Philip Flood, Report of the Inquiry into
Australian Intelligence Agencies, July 2004

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