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ABC News Australia Raided by ASIO Officers; Secure Cabinets Seized - Links and Commentary

On January 18, 2018, many Americans were pleasantly surprised to hear the news of the raids on the publisher, Newsweek, that took place just one day prior. These actions taken by New York law enforcement appeared to be largely justified, and in the eyes of many Americans, these raids were long overdue.

As the situation appears, the issues which promoted the swift confiscation of the servers at Newsweek stretch far beyond just one mere company in the U.S. We may see that due to the similar actions of law enforcement in Canberra and Brisbane, Australia, that Newsweek was not the only corporate source that was suspected of illegal activity.

For the longest time, thousands of Americans have grown increasingly impatient with a corporate media that has been long-divorced from accurate reporting and ethical integrity. Not only have corporate sources such as Newsweek been shown to be significantly dishonest in their reporting, but they have been long-suspected to be linked to criminal interests as well.

These and many other reasons may explain why many citizens were somewhat relieved to see these recent actions against provably compromised news sources.

For decades, the corporate media has gradually devolved into a politically bias, corporately compromised, puppet show for the ruling elite. According to multiple sources, there are numerous interests behind this media monopoly who intend to manipulate the public in any direction which they deem advantageous to elitist ideals.

Whether the goal involves starting useless wars in foreign countries, placing Cabal sponsored puppets in positions of power, censoring important information from being revealed, or disarming the general public for the sake of maintain social control, the general intent is the same.

It is a well-known fact that the CIA and other government agencies have significant control over corporate media. Companies such as CNN, ABC, CBS, and even NPR have been shown to be little more than extensions of the CIA and/or other manipulative government agencies. Though some may believe that past government programs such as Operation Mockingbird were discontinued, these programs actually morphed into freakish mutations of their former selves.

In modern media, social manipulation via propaganda has become so common that many citizens hardly take notice. These tactics by manipulative interests are reported to have significant influence in music, television programming, news broadcasts, and various other facets of corporate media.

For decades, various government agencies have been using their resources not to maintain peace and freedom among Americans, but to propagandize and psychologically manipulate the people into perpetual submission to deplorable standards of living—both domestically and overseas.

At this point, it is unclear as to the specific reasons behind the recent raids/confiscation of servers at ABC News in Australia. However, considering the track record of the mainstream media, it seems very likely that the same issue behind the corruption of sources such as Newsweek Magazine have a hold on news sources even in the world's remote locations.


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Published: February 1, 2018

By: Malcolm Farr

Is this our biggest ever national security fail?

IT WASN’T a raid by our spy catchers. It was “the outcome of a co-operative arrangement”.

That’s the bureaucracy’s view of what happened when ASIO officials turned up at the ABC News studios in Canberra and Brisbane in the middle of the night.

They wanted to put their hands on the embarrassing cache of cabinet documents found in two ancient filing cabinets bought at a Canberra junk shop.

The documents are still in those offices but are in safes so access to them can be restricted.

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Labor today called the haul found in a second-hand furniture shop in Canberra “a blunder of massive proportions” and demanded a thorough investigation.

“It would be funny if it wasn’t so serious,” said shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.

The slow drip of news stories based on the cabinet files of the Tony Abbott prime ministership has angered and embarrassed senior Liberals, many of whom initially thought they were being leaked to damage the former prime minister.

Management of the massive security bungle has been given to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) and its head Martin Parkinson, who today released a statement on the matter.

“PM&C has instigated an investigation into the circumstances around the disposal of two Commonwealth Government filing cabinets that allegedly contained classified material,” said the statement.

“PM&C is working closely with the AFP and ASIO, and has been since the substantive release of Commonwealth documents by the ABC, around midday Wednesday 31 January 2018.

“PM&C have been in discussion continuously with the ABC since this time.

“Documents were secured in the early hours of this morning in Canberra and Brisbane, and this was the outcome of a co-operative arrangement between the ABC and the Australian Government – it was not a raid.

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“The documents remain the property of the Commonwealth of Australia.”

The seriousness of the bungle hasn’t meant some people are not enjoying the nervousness of Liberals who fear their cabinet secrets could be made public.

Labor is one group relishing the discomfort, but Chris Bowen today insisted there were serious issues involved.

“This is a very serious breach of national security,” he told reporters today.

“And I think the government needs to hold a quick and thorough investigation into how this could possibly happen.

“This is embarrassing for the country. It’s embarrassing to our allies who share intelligence with us and assume we will be able to keep it.”

ASIO officers entered the Canberra and Brisbane offices of the ABC in an early morning operation to secure thousands of sensitive government cabinet documents.

About 1am this morning ASIO officers brought a safe to the ABC’s bureaus at Parliament House and Brisbane so the documents could be kept securely.

The trove, some classified “top secret”, was sold cheaply at a second-hand shop in Canberra, which stocked ex-government furniture.

The filing cabinets were unlocked with a drill months later. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the person responsible for losing the documents will have serious questions to answer.
ASIO secures cabinet files at ABC offices in Canberra and Brisbane. Picture: ABC NewsSource:ABC

ASIO secures cabinet files at ABC offices in Canberra and Brisbane. Picture: ABC NewsSource:ABC

“Obviously someone’s had a shocker and the investigation will find out exactly how this happened,” he told ABC radio on Wednesday.

Cabinet papers are legally supposed to remain secret for 20 years after their production.

“In the process of running a country, there are things which go awry. This is one of them,” Mr Joyce said.

The ABC said it had chosen not to publish many of the documents because of their classified nature.

Mr Abbott said he believed a junior or mid-ranking departmental officer was to blame and insisted they “pay a price”.

“Not so much a cabinet leak as a leaked cabinet — that seems to be the problem,” Mr Abbott told 2GB radio.

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