Jan 31, 2018

Australia investigating breach of top-secret cabinet documents

Tony Abbott.

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott talks in 2013. Photo: Daniel Munoz-Pool / Getty Images

Australia’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) is investigating the breach of hundreds of top secret cabinet documents, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. It’s one of the biggest breaches of cabinet security in Australian history.

How the breach occurred: The files were locked in filing cabinets that were sold at an ex-government furniture sale in Canberra.

The documents reveal details about Scott Morrison’s decisions as immigration minister, Tony Abbott’s work on the “razor gang,” and Kevin Rudd being warned about “critical risks” of a home insulation scheme.

The ABC reports that its move to publish the files from the breach has been criticized as an affront to the interests of Australia.

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