"The huge growth of mobile phone networks has been a great boon and Jakarta's political elite are a loquacious bunch. Even when they think their own intelligence services are listening they just keep talking," he said.
The latest revelations will cause further diplomatic embarrassment, but Australia isn't going to stop spying.
The National Security Agency collected evidence of online sexual activity and visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of six people the agency considered "radicalisers," the Huf-fington Post reported, citing documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The targets, all Muslims, are described in the document as examples of how "personal vulnerabilities" can be learned through electronic surveillance, and then exploited to undermine a target's credibility, reputation and authority, the Post said in its report.
New leaked documents suggest Australia's premier eavesdropping agency offered a huge cache of Australian phone records to foreign spy agencies, raising questions about whether the action was lawful or used to circumvent domestic privacy protections.