Defence reclaims USB stick from shock jock

Summary:Defence has reclaimed a USB thumb drive in possession by a Sydney radio shock jock that was allegedly found on a Qantas flight.

in brief The Department of Defence has reclaimed a USB thumb drive in possession by a Sydney radio shock jock that was allegedly found on a Qantas flight.

2GB Afternoons host Chris Smith broadcast on his 10 March show that he had come into possession of a USB thumb drive that allegedly contained classified Department of Defence information. Defence collected the USB stick from Smith that day, and said in a statement that the owner is a former Defence member who is now contracted to the department.

The department said the information contained on the stick was not highly classified, with some of it available on the internet freely. However, it said it was treating the matter seriously and had launched an investigation into the incident.

Smith posted photos on the 2GB website portraying him officially handing back the USB stick to a Defence officer.

Topics: Government, Government : AU, Security

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