Blackheath History Forum: The Secret Cold War - ASIO, 1975 to 1989
Corner Leichhardt Street and the Great Western Highway, Blackheath, NSW, 2785, Australia
23rd September 2017
Like its predecessors, The Secret Cold War, the final volume in the Official History of ASIO trilogy, was written with unrestricted access to ASIO’s classified files. Its publication in October 2016 was significant in many ways; not only did it mark the culmination of a history project the likes of which had not been seen in Australia, but it also provided the first official confirmation that ASIO had been penetrated by the KGB. In this presentation Dr Rhys Crawley, who co-wrote The Secret Cold War, will talk about the process of researching and writing this volume, as well as discussing the many changes that occurred within ASIO and the wider Australian intelligence community. Rhys will also examine some of the successes, failures, and challenges faced by Australia’s security intelligence organisation in the latter years of the Cold War. Time: 4pm. Refreshments available for purchase.