Ok, it’s an easy mistake to make. You decide to sell on old filing cabinet and you forget to check to see whether you’ve left something in it. Mainly because you’ve lost the key.
Whatever. This just shows why we need the sort of legislation being proposed which would make it a criminal offence for the person buying the cabinet, even before he or she openned it.
Of course, one presumes that ASIO or the AFP wouldn’t be swooping on them until they’d actually opened it because that would suggest that somehow the law enforcement agencies knew what was in the cabinet even before it was passed it on to the ABC. Which would sort of make one wonder how they ever let it leave the building.
I guess the point I’m making is that the cabinet would need to be openned before anyone knew what was in it and that would make it impossible for anyone to tip off the appropriate agency that something with Classified material in it had accidently left the office. Not even someone in Michaelia Cash’s department could tip someone off until they knew the contents of the thing.
Whatever, I’m just pleased that those communists at the ABC would be guilty of an offence as soon as they read the material. I mean, they could claim that there was a national interest in pointing out that they were in possession of a large number of confidential documents but we could throw them all in jail before they had a chance to make that defence, because how could it be in the national interest to have something embarrassing to the Liberal Party in your possession?
Yep, the sort of legislation that the Liberals have in mind makes me feel like my freedoms will be protected. All I have to do is avoid second hand things. And surely that’s something we should all aspire to.