SOURCES at the Aboriginal tent embassy say the mystery intermediary between Julia Gillard's office and the protesting mob on Australia Day was Kim Sattler.
Ms Sattler is a well-connected Labor figure, who has worked with UnionsACT.
Ms Sattler was not immediately available for comment to confirm or deny a role in the protest, but a message on her Facebook page said: "Tony Abbot [sic] is like your typical bar room brawler who starts a fight and then disappears like a coward when it is in full swing- then brags about his role afterwards- we've all met them!"
After about 200 angry protesters surrounded a Canberra restaurant on Thursday, security guards bundled Ms Gillard out of the building. She fell awkwardly as she was being rushed to escape to a nearby car.
The prime minister's office said media adviser Tony Hodges resigned yesterday after disclosing that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was inside the restaurant.
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