"A nifty person drilled the locks and uncovered the trove of documents inside", ABC News said on its website, saying the cabinets were "purchased for small change".
Abbott was Prime Minister of Australia for two years from 2013-2015, the files also reportedly cover his predecessor Julia Gillard's government. The 195 documents included plans to protect the United Arab Emirates from Iranian hostilities, national security briefs, Afghan war updates, intelligence on Australia's neighbours, profiles of terrorism suspects and issues around Australian defence force operations in Afghanistan.
Early this morning ASIO provided the ABC with a new locked cabinet to secure the documents during the negotiations for their surrender.
ABC said the buyer, who has not been identified, found mostly classified papers spanning almost a decade and four prime ministers, most recently Tony Abbott.
ABC made a decision to publish some of the files, containing information regarding Australia's counterterrorism strategies, missile upgrades and terror suspect profiles, because "national security and the inner workings of our governments affect the lives of all Australians".
They cover five separate governments, and numerous files would legally have remained secret for 20 years.
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.
"The documents remain the property of the Commonwealth of Australia", adding that the department is working closely with ASIO and the Australian Federal Police to find out how the cabinets ended up for sale.
Oh, there's also a Tony Abbott snipe in there, too. They were both locked and no set of keys was provided with them.
Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he has begun legal proceedings against the ABC in the wake of the national broadcaster publishing a story on the Labor government's fatal home insulation from leaked Cabinet documents.
The ABC didn't reveal how it received the documents.
The documents were seized as part of an agreement struck with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's department, which is investigating how the documents came to be sold through a Canberra shop, the ABC and the government said in a joint statement. According to the ABC report, Morrison arranged delays in security checks so that people who were close to being granted permanent protection would miss the deadline. According to a government stocktake contained in the secret cabinet files, the documents lost by the AFP belong to the powerful National Security Committee (NSC) of the cabinet.
He also weighed in on ex-president Obasanjo's letter to Buhari, adding that Obasanjo was not in any position to give advice. He said the country was not going to get better except Nigerians come together to change the narrative and the situation.
The swearing-in of Raila Odinga and Musyoka was initially scheduled for December 12 in Mombasa, one of the opposition strongholds. Anther opposition supporter, vegetable seller Lilian Ondiek, 27, said she woke up at 4 a.m.to attend the event.
He missed training on Tuesday and was not included in Leicester's squad for Wednesday's Premier League game at Everton. The Telegraph claim that City have yet to make an official offer offer for Mahrez, but they value him at around £60m.
ET can confirm that the Netflix series has cast Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear for the upcoming sixth and final season of the series. Lane is best known for role in 2002 film Unfaithful , which was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.
Williams probably hasn't eaten all week simply because she has gorged herself by feasting on the easy targets the Kardashians are. I know the average attention span has decreased dramatically over the years, but surely we can recognize a trend when we see one.
President Thomas Bach arrived in South Korea on Tuesday to inspect preparations the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics. They won't skate as a group until they land in Pyeongchang, practicing together all of four days before games begin.
Harden scored 60 points yes, but he added 11 assists and 10 rebounds tallying his third triple-double of the year. Harden responded by scoring a mind-boggling 52 percent of his team's total points in the win.
Thursday Night Football offers fans less downtime from week to week in consuming football, though it has come with some criticism. Fox will air the Week 4 through Week 15 games, with the exception of Thanksgiving night.
It turns out the boy, JD McCrary , will star as Young Simba in Disney's upcoming live-action reboot of The Lion King . On the 15th of November, 2011, Childish Gambino released his first full-length album, Camp, to positive reviews.
CIA Director met Russian counterpart in US
Russian Federation denies it meddled and Trump dismissed the allegations of collusion as a political witch hunt. A spokesman for the Russian Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
Spotify is testing a Pandora-esque standalone Android app
What do you think of the idea of Stations? Apparently you can add or delete playlists that exist, but can't create new ones. The app also includes the service's popular, individually personalized playlists such as Discover Weekly and Release Radar.
Court Clerk Fired for Asking Meek Mill for Money at Hearing
In the letter she claimed that this was her son's final semester in college and he couldn't finish if the tuition wasn't paid. Also, Brinkley emphatically stated for the record she wanted no parts of where or who Meek was getting managed by.
Carlisle store among 42 being closed by Bon-Ton
Boston Store at Regency Mall will not be included in the next round of retail store closures by parent company Bon-Ton Stores. Griffith on Wednesday called the closing "unfortunate" because the store had been a mainstay at the mall for so long.
Chelsea announce signing of Roma defender Emerson Palmieri
The 23-year-old Brazilian - who switched his worldwide allegiance to Italy - has been assigned the number 33 shirt at Chelsea . Chelsea have signed Brazilian defender Emerson Palmieri from Roma on a long-term deal thought to be worth £23m.
Celtic confirm signing of Chelsea attacker Charly Musonda
"It's very hard for him to get a game at Chelsea with that level of quality and player, so it's part of his education". Michy Batshuayi, meanwhile, is another who could leave Chelsea on a temporary deal in the January transfer window.
Ankara to represent Syrian opposition at Sochi summit
More than three dozen other Syrian rebel groups, including influential Islamists, previously said they would not come to Sochi. United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura , who has been leading the talks in Geneva, attended the Sochi conference.