ASIO


ASIO
/ˈeɪzioʊ/ (say 'ayzeeoh)

noun
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation; a statutory body formed in 1949 responsible for counterespionage and for the collecting of information on subversive or terrorist activity.
ASIO plays a key role in Australia's counter-terrorism defences, monitors the activities of foreign intelligence agents within Australia, and keeps track of individuals and groups judged liable to engage in politically motivated or communal violence. ASIO does not investigate lawful protest or purely criminal activities. It is responsible to the federal attorney-general.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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