Israeli diplomat and suspected spy linked to Ruddock's daughter
It's been revealed that Mr Laty, the suspected Israeli spy was invited to the Attorney-General Philip Ruddock's house for Christmas lunch by Mr Ruddock's youngest daughter, Caitlin. The Israeli diplomat was Second Secretary at the Israeli Embassy in
Joining me now is our Chief Political Correspondent, Catherine McGrath.
Catherine McGrath, what's the relationship between Caitlin Ruddock and this man from the Israeli Embassy, Amir Laty?
CATHERINE MCGRATH: Well, Tony, that's really a matter of speculation this morning. The two reportedly met in
Amir Laty is accused of many things, as you know. The stories about his expulsion have been doing the rounds for several weeks now.
The Australian Government, of course, though, now has to deal with the security implications of reports across the country on the front of every newspaper that Caitlin Ruddock, the daughter of the Attorney-General, had some sort of friendship with Amir Laty, invited him home for Christmas, but that invitation never went forward, and he was expelled from the country just after Christmas.
TONY EASTLEY: Now Catherine McGrath, what about the Opposition? What is it saying about this affair?
CATHERINE MCGRATH: Well, the Opposition isn't saying very much either. It's a very sensitive matter, of course. Now, the Opposition has been briefed by ASIO, so they are obviously restricted now in what they can say.
KEVIN RUDD: Well, on the substance of this matter, or this case, Catherine, I can't go to the detail of it at all. This matter concerning the Israeli diplomat in question is a sensitive matter of national security, and therefore we have been briefed as an opposition by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and we are required to respect the confidentiality of that briefing. So I can't go to the detail of what this man has said or others may have said about this matter.
CATHERINE MCGRATH: However the political implications, the diplomatic implications for
But they're dealing, of course, with two scandals, the Israelis, because it's now been revealed also that Amir Laty's replacement, a Mr Arye Scher has been linked to a child sex scandal in Brazil when he was posted there in the year 2000. He was cleared of wrongdoing but sanctioned in
We have enough home grown peadophiles thanx without specialists moving in. Thats one less. Shame he did'nt get caught here. We could have set our Australian Special Operations Group onto him --------->Link