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  • NAA: A6119, 6014

    Series number: A6119

    Control symbol: 6014

    Barcode: 13147008

    Number of pages: 59

    BLUNDEN, Andrew Kingston Volume 1

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  • !. I3 NATIONAL | ARCHIVESAustralian Government or AUSTRALIAESTATEMENT OF REASONS UNDER SECTION 40(5) OF THEARCHIVES ACT 1983- INCLUDING DECISION ON ACCESSRecord Series: A6119Control symbol: 6014Title: BLUNDEN, Andrew Kingston Volume 1 Total number of folios (i.e. equivalent separatepages) on the record: 54Caveat: This Statement of Reasons does not reveal which subsection under Sect/on 33 oftheArchives Act 1983 has been invoked for each partially or who/Iy exempted folio. To referenceexemptions in this manner would invoke Section 40 (7) as each reference itself would also bedeemed to be exempt under Section33.1. DecisionAfter examining the material transferred by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation(ASIO) I have decided to open it for public access except for certain material which isidentified below.2. Basis for decisionIhave taken into account:0 the content of the record requestedQ the relevant provisions of the Archives Act 1983 (the Act)0 policy and guidelines of National Archives of Australia that relate to the accessexamination ofCommonwealth records3. Material withheld:Category of material withheld Number of total folios per categoryPartially exempted folios (certain parts of the 16text have been expunged)I Wholly exempt folios I 1Page 1 of 4

  • 4. Findings of fact and reasons for decisionA. Findings of factIn Table A in Annexure 1, I have provided a summary of my findings of fact where l haveinvoked specific provisions under s 33 of the Act. By invoking these provisions,I have reliedon material listed in part 2 above in order to arrive at my decision.B. Reasons for decisionin Table A in Annexure 1, l have provided the reasons for my decision for each folioexempted and those reasons are derivedfrom the findings of fact.5. Appeal rightsNational Archives undertakes careful examination of a record before making a decision toexempt any part of a record. As part of that process we may consult with other agencieswhich haveexpertise on specific national and international matters.lf you do not agree with my decision to exempt information under a provision of s 33 of theAct, you can contact a reference officer in National Archives and seek a furtherexplanation.lf you are still not happy with the decision and within 28 days of receiving it, you canformally appeal by:l) first applying to Archives for an internal reconsideration of my decision; and2) if you still do not agree with thedecision, you can apply to the AdministrativeAppeals Tribunal for a review.For more information please read the National Archives Fact Sheet 12- What to do if werefuse you access. You can also lodge a complaint with theCommonwealth Ombudsman inrelation to the decision.Decision maker J. BleezeDesignation APS 4Date 10 October 2014Page 2 of 4

  • Annexure 1 - Table A: Material exempted and grouped by the application of exemption provisionsor matter the disclosureof which under this Actcould reasonably beexpected to causedamage to the security,defence orinternationalrelations of theCommonwealth.following references:1. Details of operational procedures and techniques used by ASIOwhich may still be relevant today.2. Details of individuals or organisations of security interestwhichmay still be relevant today.3. Details of intelligence services of security interest which may stillbe relevant today.4. Details which would lead to the public identication of an ASIOofficer or employee, past or present.5. Theidentity of the ASIO officer or employee, past or present, hasnot been ofcially released by ASIO.6. information or material that could reasonably be expected todisclose, or enable a person to ascertain, the existence or identityof aconfidential ASIO source or agent.7. Details which could impact on the Commonwealth's relations withthe current government of a foreign country.8. There are real and substantial grounds to conclude that therelease of theinformation would pose a risk to the security anddefence of Australia.other relevant details could be used by organisations or individuals of national security interestto take counter measures against ASIO security operations. Suchaction would impair ASl0'scapacity to full its statutory responsibilities and would reasonably be expected to causedamage to the security of the Commonwealth.The public release of names and other identiers of officers andemployees of ASIO, either pastor present, would enable the identication of ASIO staff. Once identied these staff could betargeted by persons or organisations interested in obtaining the information they possess touse inespionage, sabotage or threats to Australia: security. Such disclosure would reasonablybe expected to cause damage to the security of the Commonwealth.ASIO guarantees the identity of its sources remains confidential andprotected. In order to carryout its statutory responsibilities under the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act1979, it is necessary for ASIO to rely extensively on confidential sources of information.There is clearly anestablished confidential relationship between ASIO and its sources. Thesesources have indicated that they would not be prepared to continue providing information toASIO if their role was ever to be publicly revealed at any stagein the future.Any diminution of ASl0's ability to obtain information from confidential sources would restrictASl0's capacity to carry out its statutory responsibilities and, as a consequence, causeirreparable damage to the security ofAustralia.Failure by ASIO to protect any information supplied by a foreign country from disclosure wouldthreaten any future exchange relationships.Page 3 of 4

  • S 33(1)(d) information ormatter the disclosure ofwhich under this Act wouldconstitute a breach ofconfidenceCertain folios are exempt as they each contain one or more of thefollowing references:1. The name or signature of anofficer or employee of ASIO.2. The identity of the ASIO officer or employee, past or present, hasnot been officially released by ASIO.3. The document contains the name or information that could beused to identify an ASIOsource.Disclosure of this information could identify past or present ASIO officers or employees orsources. Their identities are understood to only be known by ASIO.There is a mutual understanding between ASIO and its staff andits sources of information thatthe anonymity of officers, employees and sources should he protected.Section 92 of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979 also prohibits thepublication of the identities of presentand former ASIO officers and employees.The public disclosure of this information would constitute a breach of confidence.S 33(1) (e) information ormatter the disclosure ofwhich under this Actwould, or could reasonablybeexpected to: (ii)-disclose, or enable aperson to ascertain, theexistence or identity of aconfidential source ofinformation in relation tothe enforcement oradministration of the law.Certain folios are exempt as they each containinformation concerningthe existence, identity or management of an ASIO source.Release of the information exempted could reasonably be expected to disclose the existenceor identity of a confidential source of information toASIO. The condential source providedthe information on the condition that their identity would always remain confidential andprotected. The relationship between ASIO and its confidential sources is based on trust andthatincludes protecting the existence and identity of confidential sources of information.A breach of trust would give rise to concern amongst A5l0's existing or potential sources theywould be identified at a later date. Such concernscould lead to a loss of confidence in ASIOwhich would adversely affect ASl0's ability to obtain information from confidential sources.S 33(1) (e) information ormatter the disclosure ofwhich under this Actwould, or couldreasonablybe expected to: (iii)-endanger the life orphysical safety of anyperson.Certain folios are exempt as they each contain information concerningthe existence, identity or management of an ASIO source.Release of theinformation could result in disclosure of the existence or identity of aconfidential source in particular areas of security interest which may in turn endanger the lifeor safety of this source.Page I of 4

  • CRS A6119ACCESS APPLICATION TITLEAndrew Kingston BLUNDENB/75/83, Vol INumber of folios TOTALLY EXEMPTNumber of folios OPEN WITI-I EXEMPTION transferred to NAANumber of folios OPEN transferred toNAANumber of folios in the open access periodFolios that are TOTALLY EXEMPT:47ANNEX A1163754Exemptions have been sought under paragraphs 33(l)(a), (d), (e)(ii) and/or (e)(iii) of theArchives Act I 983.low/It Qt:-41 2Q|u/l\+1L

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