Authored by Daniel Y. Teng via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),
The head of Australia’s foreign spy agency has hinted that disgruntled officials in non-democratic societies, like China, are more likely to betray their government and leak information as the regimes tighten their control.
Paul Symon, director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Service (ASIS)—the country’s equivalent to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency—revealed that the organisation benefited when authoritarian regimes are suppressing dissent within their borders.
“When leaders abolish fixed political terms, for example, they become responsible and accountable for everything, including the disillusion that emerges from within. This provides us with an edge,” he told the Lowy Institute in Sydney on the 70th anniversary of the agency’s founding.
“We noticed that
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