Axis of Deceit

Axis of Deceit

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In the 2010 federal election, independent candidate Andrew Wilkie grabbed headlines after winning the seat of Denison, and with it a key role in deciding who would form the next government of Australia. Before he was a politician, however, Wilkie was Australiaa€™s most talked-about whistleblower. In March 2003, Wilkie resigned from Australiaa€™s peak intelligence agency in protest over the looming war in Iraq. He was the only serving intelligence officer from the a€˜coalition of the willinga€™ a€“ the US, the UK and Australia a€“ to do so, and his dramatic move was reported throughout the world. Wilkiea€™s act of conscience put him on a collision course with the Australian government. Why was he willing to risk his career and reputation to tell the truth? What happened when he decided to take a stand? In Axis of Deceit, Wilkie tells his story. He exposes how governments skewed, spun and fabricated intelligence advice. And he offers a rare glimpse into the world of international intelligence and life as a spook. With a brand-new preface, this is the fascinating inside story of a man now set to play a pivotal role in our public life. a€œimpressivea€ a€“ the Canberra Times a€œa glimpse into the world of a modern spya€ a€“ the Age a€œa clear-eyed treatise on how the coalition of the willing conned the public about its motives for wara€ a€“ the Sydney Morning Herald Andrew Wilkie is the author of Axis of Deceit. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Australian Defence Force before he joined the Office of National Assessments as a senior strategic analyst. After leaving ONA, he gave evidence at the official British and Australian inquiries into the case for the Iraq war. He contested John Howarda€™s seat of Bennelong for the Greens in the 2004 federal election. In 2010 he stood successfully as an independent for the federal seat of Denison in Tasmania.That was something I needed to fix fast, so I rang Oakes from my office and asked him to pack up. ... downstairs to the foyer I still had to wait for five minutes among the many restless ASIO and ONA officers, some of whom had now been waiting for three-quarters of an hour. ... Then perhaps there would be time to take stock and gather my strength. ... into instant overload and stayed that way for many days.

Title:Axis of Deceit
Author:Andrew Wilkie
Publisher:Black Inc. - 2010-09-01


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