An update from this:Â ISRAEL: Australia expels Mossad station chief over passports in Dubai killing
‘’Has Australia forged foreign passports before? I believe it has occured…”
ApparentlyÂ Opposition foreign affairs spokesman Julie Bishop has made a terrible gaffe by telling the truth and exposing the hypocrisy behind the Rudd Government’s huffing over Israel:
In an interview with The Age online, Ms Bishop said it would be naive to think ‘’Israel is the only country … that has used forged passports, including Australian passports, for security operations’’. When asked, ‘’What? We do?’’ she said ‘’yes’’.
Later she said: ‘’Has Australia forged foreign passports before? You’ll have to ask the Foreign Minister.’’ Pressed on what she thought, she said: ‘’I believe that it has occurred.’’
But in a statement later, she denied having told The Age online that Australian intelligence agencies had forged the passports of other nations.
‘’My responses were referring to the fact that forged Australian passports have been used previously … I have no knowledge of any Australian authority forging any passports of any nation.’’
Bishop’s real gaffe is to retreat under fire from what she correctly said. A Paul Keating would have gone in even harder.