In another extraordinary twist, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has lifted a suspension on a de-classified file on a former Yugoslav diplomat, Dr Georgi (George) Trajkovski, believed to be the mastermind behind the 1979-80 Croatian Six set up, one of Australia’s worst miscarriages of justice.
The file, which is a two volume set from 1975 and 1977, does not include any material from 1978 onwards.
I applied for access under the National Archives Act for access to the file. It took more than six months and a formal complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman before ASIO agreed to release the document relating to Trajkovski. Earlier this week, ASIO, without giving a reason, removed the file from public access at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra.
Today the suspension has been lifted. Once again, no reason was given for the U-turn.
This document is a vital piece to my research for a documentary film, UDBa down under: (Yugoslav spying in Australia during the Cold War period), that I have been working on. Release date is 2013.
I am still wating to receive a copy of the file.
Monday July 16, 2012
ASIO WITHDRAWS SPY FILE