In 2007, Australia's newly elected prime minister, Kevin Rudd, attended the summit in Bali at the personal invitation of the Indonesian President. According to the document cited by the Guardian newspaper's Australian edition, the US and Australia's intelligence agencies were looking to collect the phone numbers of Indonesian security officials.
It was not a particularly successful operation, though, the Guardian noted, with the only practical outcome the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) achieved was the mobile phone number of Bali’s chief of police.
According to an account of the mission, included in a weekly report from the NSA base in Australia, at Pine Gap, dated January 2008,"The goal of the development effort was to gain a solid understanding of the network structure should collection be required in the event of an emergency."
At the end of the operation the NSA wrapped up: “Highlights include the compromise of the mobile phone number for Bali’s chief of police.
“Site efforts revealed previously unknown Indonesian communications networks and postured us to increase collection in the event of a crisis.”
The embarrassing revelation has heated up tensions between Australia and Indonesia. Indonesia has called in the Australian ambassador in Jakarta for an explanation.