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Confidential Australian Files Found In A Secondhand Furniture Store

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the documents were left in two filing cabinets that were sold to the unidentified shop.
Posted at 6:11 PM, Jan 31, 2018

Australia's government is investigating how top-secret documents ended up in a secondhand furniture store.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the documents — which have been dubbed the "Cabinet Files" — were left in two filing cabinets that were sold to the unidentified shop.

The ABC later obtained that collection of documents and has already published several of them. It's unclear how it got them.

But the government doesn't seemed too pleased. Current officials refused to comment on the situation because an investigation is already underway.

But former Prime Minister Tony Abbott told the ABC: "Obviously some absolutely elementary mistake has been made. ... Certainly someone needs to pay a price, there needs to be some consequence for what is a monumental lapse."

Australian Cabinet documents are typically sealed and kept confidential for 20 years before they're made public.