Firstly, ASIO is a domestic intelligence agency, like MI5 & Shin Bet. They have no powers of arrest, guns or license to kill. They report to parliament and the Attorney General’s Office. They augment their powers of arrest through the AFP (Federal Police). However, ASIS is the equivalent of MI6, CIA & Mossad. It’s responsible for liaising with foreign intel and is the counter intelligence apparatus of Australia. It’s certainly not a lackey nation in the intel game, it’s the LUCKY COUNTRY! ASIO was aware of passport irregularities, couple this with travel in terrorist hotspots and you have a reason for interview. This is standard procedure and hardly needed scraps from Mossad, since they were observing him long before his arrest, which no doubt spooked Israel’s secret service community. Too bad they over reacted, as no amount of compensation could ever be enough for the pain his family are still going through (3M Shekels). I for one don’t believe he was a traitor. and my condolences go out to his family & friends in Melbourne.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: The Prisoner X affair is a classic story of Israeli failure