Kevin Rudd: Ex-PM sues Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Kevin Rudd has denied reports he was warned about ‘a large number of critical risks’ of a home insulation scheme before the deaths of four young men

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - Australian secret service officers seized hundreds of classified documents from Australian Broadcasting Corp. bureaus in three cities on Thursday as part of a probe into how top-secret government papers were mistakenly sold along with two discarded filing cabinets through a secondhand furniture shop, officials said.

State-funded broadcaster ABC News released some of these documents on Wednesday, calling it "one of the biggest breaches of Cabinet security in Australian history".

"You shouldn't be able to find information out because someone didn't check a set of filing cabinets, then they sold it at a second hand government furniture sale".

They were unopened for several months until someone used a drill to get into the drawers, finding a trove of documents detailing nearly a decade of government workings, the ABC said.

Cabinet papers are legally supposed to remain secret for 20 years after their production. The classifications include "top secret", "sensitive", "Australian eyes only" and "cabinet-in-confidence".

Security staff found almost 200 top secret, code-word protected and sensitive documents in a senator's office after their party lost national elections in 2013.

Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen To Retire
That lead has, however, diminished in the weeks following the passage of the tax bill, according to a new poll from CNN . So far over 30 Republicans have announced their retirement from the House.

A Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet spokesperson said the secretary had initiated an urgent investigation into the disposal of the filing cabinets. These documents reveal how key decisions have been made. The ABC says those classified records were from "the powerful National Security Committee (NSC) of the cabinet, which controls the country's security, intelligence and defense agenda". But it has used them in recent weeks to report stories that have been embarrassing to the former administrations of Kevin Rudd and Abbott, as well as a number of serving lawmakers.

The Australian government ordered an urgent investigation within an hour after the leak. It said the files had been found in filing cabinets purchased by an unidentified person from the shop where ex-government furniture is sold cheaply.

The prime minister's office has also refused to comment, simply issuing a statement about the investigation.

One document refers to an audit that revealed the Australian Federal Police had lost nearly 400 national security files over five years ending 2013. Those documents were eventually found by security staff, who saw them destroyed.

Among the revelations contained in the documents were details on former immigration minister Scott Morrison's treatment of asylum seekers' visa applications, former PM Tony Abbott's proposed welfare cuts and claims that Rudd and his successor (and predecessor) Julia Gillard knew of critical risks to the insulation scheme that killed four installers.

Related News:



Most liked

Budget 2018: No reduction in petrol prices despite reduction of excise duty

Pelicans Gather Momentum In Pursuit Of Ex-Suns Center Greg Monroe

'Time to Talk' about mental health in Bucks

Fox Poised to Win Rights to NFL Thursday Night Package
The deal also allows Fox to stream its Thursday night and Sunday afternoon games on its digital platforms including mobile. Fox just landed the NFL's " Thursday Night Football " package in a five-year, $550 million deal that begins next season.

Emerson Palmieri snapped holding Chelsea shirt with transfer announcement imminent
So now I am a better player and I think in some way that is because I managed to combine the two games, Italian and Brazilian. "Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club", the full-back said .

Celtics hold off Nuggets following furious second-half rally
After scoring less than 10 points in just six of Boston's first 40 games, he's scored less than 10 four times in 11 January games. Nikola Jokic had a double-double by the first minute of the second half for Denver, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Finger injury rules de Villiers out of first three ODI's
If there is one venue in this country where India might gamble fielding two spinners in the same eleven, then it is Kingsmead. India might have played without a spinner in the last Test match but when it comes to limited overs the spin comes into play.

Brace Yourselves, Battlefront II's Microtransactions Are Coming Back
The sales number is heavily down from 14 million copies sold during its launch of Star Wars: Battlefront in 2015. During the call, they talked a little more about what they are thinking about microtransactions .

United States prosecutors drop corruption case against Sen. Menendez
Last week the judge threw out the bribery counts related to Melgen's campaign donations. Eleven charges remained, including bribery, fraud and conspiracy.

Here's How to Watch the 2018 Super Bowl
The watchdog group says it wants "a positive, uplifting and entertaining halftime show on Sunday". You became a generous philanthropist, both on the golf course and in the classroom.

Actor Scott Baio Slams Nicole Eggert for 'Changing Molestation Story'
On Tuesday, Eggert told Kelly she was still weighing her options. "I don't know what they're saying", Baio said. Their comments made Robach question Baio as to why they would also be lying.

Facebook stock falls 4% as user time dips, revenue growth slows
Facebook stock fell today after its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said that people are spending 50 million fewer hours on Facebook a day. "In total, we made changes that reduced time spent on Facebook by roughly 50 million hours every day", Zuckerberg said.

Hyundai to launch all-new Santa Fe SUV in USA this summer
After issuing a teaser photo of the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe , the brand has now issued official sketches of their latest SUV. The competing Toyota brand, by contrast, offers seven crossover and SUV nameplates in the US , plus two pickups.

Amazon, Berkshire, JP Morgan to kind healthcare behemoth
Shares of pharmacy-benefits managers sank Tuesday, with Express Scripts Holding Co.at one point falling more than 11 percent. Amazon has circled the health care field before, but the Tuesday announcement sent shock waves through the sector.

Coventry to host BBC music festival
The Biggest Weekend will take place on four sites across the United Kingdom over the May bank holiday weekend from May 25-28. Chris Evans , BBC Radio 2's breakfast presenter said: 'The Biggest Weekend is shaping up very nicely indeed.