CONFIDENTIAL AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTS ARE SOLD AT A SECOND-HAND SHOP




Şimal Çınar –TDO- On Wednesday, the Australian government started immediate investigations after it came to surface that thousands of classified documents were sold with two second-hand filing cabinets. According to the report of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, these cabinets were sold by a Canberra furniture shop at a discount price since they were locked, and no one could find keys. The documents which are told to be investigating the workings of five previous governments over the last decade, has "top secret," "sensitive," ''Australian eyes only," and "cabinet-in-confidence" classifications. Contents of these documents are mostly about Australia's intelligence priorities and counterterrorism planning. The ABC stated that the documents also include detailed information about missile upgrades, profiles of suspected militants and Australia's desire in 2010 for more Indonesian cooperation to stop asylum seekers reaching Australian shores in fishing boats and normally, Australian Cabinet documents are kept secret for 20 years before they are made public.

Rory Medcalf, head of the Australian National University’s National Security College said, "This is not catastrophically damaging for national security in the sense that that something like the Snowden revelations must have been" referring to the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosing a cache of classified material in 2013."They were purchased for small change and sat unopened for some months until the locks were attacked with a drill."

The shop or the person that bought the cabinets is not identified.