Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, pictured here with the late US President Ronald Reagan
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke, pictured here with the late US President Ronald Reagan National Archives Of Australia

Aussie diplomat suspected when Moscow bugged embassy

THE Soviet Union's bugging of the Australian embassy in Moscow has been revealed in newly declassified cabinet papers from the late 1980s.

The Cold War spy episode is detailed among thousands of previously top secret records of the Hawke government, made public for the first time today.

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In April 1989 an "unexplained wire" was discovered inside the embassy building and cabinet was briefed that the mysterious bug may have even been planted by a treacherous Australian diplomat.

Officials considered interviewing every embassy worker who had been posted to Russia since 1983 but decided against the move fearing news of the investigation could leak.

In an interview with the ABC to mark the release of the 1988 and 1989 cabinet papers by the National Archives, former prime minister Bob Hawke insisted Soviet espionage was not a great concern of his government.

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