Australia’s top spy talks about terror

Australia’s top spy has warned of the “very real threat” from extremists, in the first public address by the head of the country’s Secret Intelligence Service in its 60-year history. Nick Warner said the security challenges for agents had dramatically changed over the past decade, saying there was now “a web of links between extremists from Australia to Indonesia, to the southern Philippines, to the FATA region (tribal districts) in Pakistan, and to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, and on to Somalia.” Cyber security had also become a “rapidly evolving and potentially serious threat” to national security, Warner added.

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