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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s new government on Thursday dropped a 4-year-old lawsuit against a lawyer for his alleged attempt to help East Timor prove that Australia spied on the then fledgling nation’s government in 2004 in a multi-billion dollar oil operation. and gas negotiations.

Attorney General Mark Dreyfus maintained the government’s longstanding position of refusing to confirm or deny whether the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, a spy agency that operates out of Australian embassies, bugged the offices government in Dili, the capital of East Timor.

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