ALIA Called Before Federal Media Inquiry Over Phone Tapping Allegations

Posted on Sunday, April 1st, 2012

April 1. As the wave of allegations of Australian media involvement in phone tapping spreads outwards, ALIA is being called to answer some uncomfortable questions about its news sources. In simultaneous dawn raids on homes in Hobart and Sydney this morning, officers of the Australian Federal Police seized records, disk drives and computers allegedly bearing material evidence of phone tapping and other data security attacks on major lighting industry companies.

ALIA president Andy Ciddor (pictured)was briefly held by AFP officers until a summons was served requiring him to appear before the Inquiry at its next sitting. It’s understood that the action is a result of several complaints from major companies in the lighting industry that ALIA has been running news items featuring confidential product information that was only available inside these companies.

An ALIA spokeswoman vehemently denied the allegations of phone tapping and computer hacking, claiming that product information in question had been passed-on to the association by disgruntled whistle-blowers within the companies. ALIA is refusing to name the sources to protect their anonymity.

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