The Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO) was a Second World War Propaganda and Field Intelligence unit set up under the orders of the Allied Land Commander, General Sir Thomas Blamey, on 19 June 1942. FELO became one of four sections of the Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) which was established on 6 July 1942 to control and co-ordinate the activities of various intelligence organisations that had been set up after the outbreak of war with Japan.
Far Eastern Liaison Office was a propaganda organisation and was given a non-descriptive cover name to protect its real intelligence purpose. Its objectives were:
Promoting disaffection, passive resistance and, where possible, active revolt, or guerrilla warfare in enemy occupied countries.
Hampering the enemy’s war effort by means of sabotage, propaganda and other subversive activities in enemy occupied countries.
Combating enemy interests and activities by clandestine means.
Misdirection of the enemy as to Allied military intentions.
While some activity was common to both the Services Reconnaissance Department and FELO the general line of demarcation was that SRD was responsible for sabotage and physical operations while FELO was responsible for propaganda and misdirection.
Specifically the objects of the activities of the FELO were:
To lower the morale of the enemy forces by all possible means so that their fighting efficiency was impaired
To mislead the enemy regarding Australia’s military intentions