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A Double Agent Down Under: Australian Security and the Infiltration of the Left

Deery, Phillip (2007) A Double Agent Down Under: Australian Security and the Infiltration of the Left. Intelligence and National Security, 22 (3). pp. 346-366. ISSN 0268-4527 (Print); 1743-9019 (Online)

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Abstract

Because of its clandestine character, the world of the undercover agent has remained murky. This article attempts to illuminate this shadowy feature of intelligence operations. It examines the activities of one double agent, the Czech-born Maximilian Wechsler, who successfully infiltrated two socialist organizations, in the early 1970s. Wechsler was engaged by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. However, he was ‘unreliable’: he came in from the cold and went public. The article uses his exposés to recreate his undercover role. It seeks to throw some light on the recruitment methods of ASIO, on the techniques of infiltration, on the relationship between ASIO and the Liberal Party during a period of political volatility in Australia, and on the contradictory position of the Labor Government towards the security services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID13657. Maximilian Wechsler, undercover
Subjects: SEO Classification > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
FOR Classification > 2103 Historical Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
RFCD Classification > 430000 History and Archaeology
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Depositing User: Prof Phillip deery
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2010 05:48
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:45
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/15470
DOI: 10.1080/02684520701415149
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