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Foreign agents in Indonesia more than 60,000: Juanda
Tempo Interactive - December 27, 2003
Jakarta – The total number of foreign intelligence agents in Indonesia is far greater than the estimation given by the army chief of staff General Ryamizard Ryacudu who said that there are 60,000 people. This is because foreign agents come from those who have been recruited directly from foreign intelligence agencies and those recruited indirectly who but support the agenda of foreign countries.
“Ryacudu’s estimate is a moderate one”, said intelligence expert Juanda in Jakarta on Saturday December 27. According to Juanda, these foreign intelligence agents are recruited from overseas schools, non-government organisations and the foreign media. Of course these agents are conducting a number of activities, from defense and security, industrial interests to penetration of ideology and domination of culture. “The essential goal is to influence decision making and forms of thinking”, said Juanda.
Juanda said that there is no need to worry about the presence of foreign agents in Indonesia who are recruited directly and indirectly from local people, consciously or unconsciously, “As long as they don’t want to damage Indonesia”.
[Translated by James Balowski.]