Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd Accused By Pakistan Intelligence Of Big-Noting

Posted on Fri 05/06/2011 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

The Kevin Rudd mentioned in the title is former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, deposed in a party room coup late last year. To somewhat appease him, he was made Foreign Minister, and now that too, seems to be causing some problems for Australia…..TonyfromOz.

The allegation seems improbable and is denied, however:

FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd has been drawn into an ugly international dispute over intelligence revelations, which Pakistan says could have disrupted the top-secret US operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency claims Mr Rudd “shattered” a confidence by publicly confirming the arrest of Bali bomber and al-Qa’ida acolyte Umar Patek (in Abbottabad, bin Laden’s sanctuary) in late March.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s most senior official, secretary Dennis Richardson, yesterday dismissed the claims as “untrue and absurd”….

The spokesman said they were dismayed when Mr Rudd, on March 30, confirmed the arrest at the end of a Bali Process meeting he co-chaired with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa….

Mr Rudd … declared it “a potential major step forward in the fight against terrorism”.

However, Mr Natalegawa refused to confirm the arrest, citing operational concerns, and appeared annoyed by Mr Rudd’s announcement.

“Not wanting at the same time to reject what Kevin, Mr Rudd, has said, I cannot confirm that fact,” Mr Natalegawa said.

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