20 April 2015
The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will condemn the Federal Government’s deal to share intelligence with Iran as flirting with evil and worthless from a security point of view.
“The regime in Iran can’t be trusted and Australia is flirting with evil by establishing any sort of security relationship with it,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
Mr Wilkie said Iran had a track record of disseminating disinformation to further its own agenda, as demonstrated before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“The determination of President George W Bush and Prime Ministers Howard and Blair to invade Iraq in 2003 was kicked along nicely by the bucket-loads of nonsense dressed up as intelligence coming out of Iran and Israel,’’ Mr Wilkie said.
“Iran also routinely obtains intelligence through torture. Not only is this unethical and cruel, the intelligence is useless as people will say whatever you want to hear to stop the torture.’’
Mr Wilkie said any assurance from Iran that torture was not used to obtain material was meaningless and could not be trusted.
He also warned that it was just a matter of time before Iran spread disinformation to frame critics of its regime.
Mr Wilkie is a former intelligence analyst with the Office of National Assessments who resigned in 2003 in protest over the invasion of Iraq.