Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) director-general Paul Symon on May 10 said that dissatisfied Chinese officials are becoming informants for Australian intelligence.
As ABC Australia reported, he said, “In China, we have an ancient culture but [now] there’s an enforced monoculture. We don’t yet know exactly how that will play out but what we see are more and more signs of officials and individuals interested in a relationship [with us]”.
Speaking at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Symon explained ASIS is gaining espionage advantages from the suppressed dissidents coming from the authoritarian states. As the dictatorial leaders try to censor the political infighting, many discontent officials and individuals have changed their minds. They decided to take risks and speak up.
He continued, “When leaders abolish fixed political terms, for example, they become responsible and accountable for everything, including the disillusionment that emerges from within. This provides us an edge”.
Symon said these authoritarian governments have lost people’s trust because they treat people as transactional.
In 2019, Wang “William” Liqiang was the first Chinese spy to blow his cover and seek a legitimate asylum claim in Australia.
Wang said the Beijing regime quote “infiltrates all countries in areas such as military, business, and culture, in order to achieve its goal” end quote.
The Guardian reported, that Wang admitted his infiltration involved political interference in Hong Kong’s freedom movement and Taiwan’s election. Without Australia’s protection, Wang would get executed on a return to China.