This image made from video provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corp., (ABC) shows documents box being placed in safe at the ABC bureau in the Australian Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (Australian Broadcasting Corp via AP)
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Australian secret service officers seized hundreds of classified documents from Australian Broadcasting Corp. bureaus in three cities 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.Hours earlier, ASIO had provided document safes to the ABC offices to safeguard the files while lawyers negotiated over what to do with the papers that include Cabinet secrets spanning almost a decade.The ABC revealed Wednesday it had thousands of Cabinet documents that had been found inside surplus government filing cabinets.ABC has not said when the documents were found.Australian Cabinet documents are usually kept secret for 20 years, before they are made public in a heavily redacted form.
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