By Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker
September 29, 2010
A CACHE of secret files stolen from ASIO and police and anti-corruption
agencies has been discovered during a drug raid in Melbourne, raising
fears of a major breach of national security and crime intelligence.
Police are investigating whether the former head of intelligence and
phone tapping at Victoria's Office of Police Integrity stole the
The files were discovered on September 10 by detectives searching a
house in Melbourne's north as part of a drug investigation.
They found boxes containing sensitive national security and law
enforcement documents, including files from ASIO, the OPI and West
The suspected criminal whose home was raided is believed to be in a
relationship with the former OPI official suspected of taking the
documents. The former official previously worked for the Victoria Police
and the West Australian Anti-Corruption Commission. It is unclear how
long the pair have been in a relationship.
The Age believes many of the documents contain information that may pose
a threat to sources used by the agencies. The files also contain
specific details on highly sensitive operational matters.
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