Labor concerned over possible breach of classified ASIO documents

Labor concerned over possible breach of classified ASIO documents

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is coming under pressure from the Opposition, about how classified documents showing terrorist hot spots were allowed to be shown on national television.

Mr Abbott visited ASIO headquarters yesterday to be briefed by officials on the main areas considered terrorism hotspots in Sydney and Melbourne.

Maps were laid out on the table while camera crew filmed the meeting, which was later shown on television.

ASIO has admitted the maps were not supposed to be made public.

Labor has raised concerns the publication may threaten Australia’s national security, with Opposition Defence spokesperson David Feeney suggesting Mr Abbott may have facilitated a significant security breach.

“The Prime Minister must immediately clarify whether these documents were for official use only,” he said.

But ASIO Chief Duncan Lewis says  he is “satisfied that no information of national security significance was visible while media representatives were present”.

Image: ABC TV

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