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Indonesia furious over Australian spying

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This was followed by claims that Australia and the US mounted a joint surveillance operation on Indonesia during 2007 UN climate talks in Bali.

In an interview with the ABC on Sunday, before the latest revelations, Boediono played down suggestions of a rift with Australia, shrugging off the disputes as normal neighborly problems.

“It’s normal for next-door neighbors to have problems,” he said, but admitted to public concern in Indonesia over the espionage allegations.

Alexander Downer, the foreign minister under John Howard’s conservative government, said the revelations were damaging to Australia.

“It’s a shocking situation in which Australia will pay a big price,” he told Sky News, while Greens leader Christine Milne said it showed the “extent to which this country has slipped down the US path of universal surveillance.”

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