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    Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has spoken publicly for the first time since her release from an Iranian prison in November, revealing she’d been asked several times to become a spy for Iran. She also told Sky News how she was disappointed in the Australian government’s efforts to keep her case quiet. International editor of the Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hartcher tells The World while this has been the typical diplomatic approach, it’s been falling short in the current climate.

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