Australian minister slams Snowden's 'treachery'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is accusing Edward Snowden of "unprecedented treachery" for his leaks about secret government surveillance.

Revelations by the former National Security Agency analyst have embarrassed the close U.S. ally. Documents he provided alleged Australia bugged the phone of the Indonesian president.

Bishop is defending Australia's intelligence cooperation with America, and says it is a central part of the alliance.

She said Wednesday in Washington that Snowden's actions "strike at the heart of the collaboration between those nations in world affairs that stand at the forefront of protecting human freedom."

But she welcomed President Barack Obama's recent review of U.S. surveillance operations. She said it was important to make the public case for intelligence work as it saves lives.

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