Indonesian government still investigating Snowden revelations

Accused government whistleblower Edward Snowden.

YOGYAKARTA - The government continues to look into reports of alleged foreign espionage against local telecommunications provider Telkomsel and the possibility such actions may have impacted on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

A series of documents, released last week by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, revealed that a New Zealand-based station had intercepted text messages, emails, phone calls and other communications in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and small states in the Pacific.

The documents also alleged that New Zealand had shared the intelligence with international allies, including the US, Australia and the UK.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has refused to comment on the disclosures.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said the Indonesian government did not automatically believe in the authenicity of the documents.

"We're still looking for evidence. If it's true that there has been spying, we will send a diplomatic note [to the relevant countries]," he said on Monday as quoted by

Tedjo said he was still awaiting the results of an investigation from the National Intelligence Agency (BIN).

"We should act, but based on BIN's investigation," he said.

Tedjo said that so far, the President was unconcerned about the issue, as he rarely discussed urgent affairs on the telephone.

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