Aussie Scientist … and CIA Spy?

Australian conspiracy theorists are in overdrive per this report in the Sydney Morning Herald:

”I am definitely not a CIA spy.” So said one of the country’s leading CSIRO scientists last night as politics in Canberra took a definite turn to barmy.

Research into legumes might not seem an obvious front to conceal a spy ring, but then again, the spooks are trained to hide in plain sight.

Why else would the Rockefeller Foundation – the American philanthropic fund accused by mining magnate Clive Palmer of plotting with CIA backing to silence Australia’s mining boom – have invested $142,118 in scientist TJ Higgins?

”I obviously didn’t give them enough espionage feedback because they quit the funding,” Dr Higgins said.

His research – ”a cowpea breeding line resistant to pod-borer insects” – was one of several tentacles the Rockefeller Foundation has extended to Australia in recent years.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology benefited from $175,000 and a little known outfit hosted by the City of Melbourne – the innocuous sounding International Council For Local Environmental Initiatives – scored $180,000.

The Rockefeller Foundation does indeed have a shady past and collaborated with the CIA in the early days of the Cold War to set up bogus groups to fund covert activities, according to a 2000 book, The Cultural Cold War.

But the modern-day conspiracy drew ridicule from Labor yesterday…

[continues in the Sydney Morning Herald]


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2 Comments on "Aussie Scientist … and CIA Spy?"

  1. Being psychotically greedy will lead to many destructive behaviours. Fortunately in this case it was just a public meltdown of a frustrated balding obese toddler’s who didn’t get what they wanted.
    He might just as well have been screaming mine, mine, mine (pun intended) as he tried to grasp everything within reach of his pudgy fingers.
    In Australian defamation laws tie tightly to making statements of ‘fact’, you must be able to prove them true or false the legal consequences for lies, opinions of course are a story, no matter how crazy you are entitled to them but facts, Fox not-News would get destroyed in Australian courts if they behaved in Australia the same way as they do in the US.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | Mar 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm |

      Murdoch hasn’t bought into Australia’s televison networks yet because of media anti-monoploy laws. His newspapers on the other hand make up the vast majority of australian newspapers, papers like the Herald sun remind me exactly of Fox news.

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