Sam Dastyari denies he is the ex-politician singled out by ASIO boss - as ... trends now

Sam Dastyari denies he is the ex-politician singled out by ASIO boss - as ... trends now
Sam Dastyari denies he is the ex-politician singled out by ASIO boss - as ... trends now

Sam Dastyari denies he is the ex-politician singled out by ASIO boss - as ... trends now

A former Labor senator whose political career was ended by a storm over his links to a Chinese businessman has categorically denied he is the mystery figure Australia's spy boss claims 'sold out their country'. 

Ex-NSW senator Sam Dastyari sensationally quit politics in 2017 amid intense scrutiny over his links to Chinese real estate developer and political donor Huang Xiangmo. 

Mr Dastyari - who has always insisted he is a patriotic Australian - was labelled a 'Peking schmuck' by the tabloids after it was revealed he accepted money from Chinese donors.

He allowed Mr Huang to pay a $5,000 legal bill for him while he was an elected senator, and forwarded a $1,670 travel bill to a company with links to the Chinese government.  

Mr Dastyari admitted meeting Mr Huang, but denied any wrongdoing in the meeting where he allegedly told Mr Huang his phones were being tapped. 

In the years since Mr Dastyari resigned from Parliament, Mr Huang has been blocked from re-entering Australia and had both his Australian passport and permanent residency cancelled, on the recommendation of ASIO. 

Former Labor senator Sam Dastyari has catagorically ruled himself out of the hunt for the mystery spy who allegedly 'sold out their country'

Former Labor senator Sam Dastyari has catagorically ruled himself out of the hunt for the mystery spy who allegedly 'sold out their country'

On Wednesday evening, ASIO chief Mike Burgess 9above) gave a landmark speech where he said a now-former, unnamed politician had allegedly 'sold out their country' to an overseas power

On Wednesday evening, ASIO chief Mike Burgess 9above) gave a landmark speech where he said a now-former, unnamed politician had allegedly 'sold out their country' to an overseas power

On Wednesday evening, ASIO chief Mike Burgess gave a landmark speech where he said a now-former, unnamed politician had allegedly 'sold out their country' to an overseas power.

'This politician sold out their country, party and former colleagues to advance the interests of the foreign regime,' Mr Burgess said. 

He refused to name the person, only giving clues including that the person involved was a former politician, that the incident took place several years ago, and he doubted the unnamed politician would do it again. 

Mr Dastyari refuted speculation that has erupted on social media in the hours since. He told Daily Mail Australia the incident had 'zero to do with me', and there is no suggestion of wrongdoing.

'I'm not jumping into any commentary,' he added.

It comes as Alex Turnbull, the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, revealed to

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