29 July 2013
The Chief of Defence Force has never authorised any Defence Force personnel to undertake unlawful interception of private communications of the type outlined by Mr Hager in his Sunday Star Times article.
With regard to this matter, the Acting Chief of Defence Force, Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Keating, says:
"I have asked the officers responsible for our operations in Afghanistan whether they have conducted monitoring of Mr Stephenson as alleged by Mr Hager and they have assured me that they have not. This includes asking foreign organisations to do this on our behalf.
"We have identified no information at this time that supports Mr Hager’s claims."
For further information please contact the Defence Communications Group, on 021 487 980.