The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has played down loss of a memory stick by a contractor.
Last week a 2GB Radio Sydney announcer broadcast that he was in possession of a computer memory stick containing Defence classified information.
The memory stick was allegedly found on a Qantas flight.
ADF has stated the memory stick was collected by Defence staff from the radio station on 10 March.
According to ADF the initial analysis indicates that the device does contain Defence information, however none of which is highly classified and some which is unclassified and available over the internet.
The owner of the memory stick has been identified as a former Defence member and is now a contractor to the department.
“Defence takes any compromise of its information seriously, and the circumstances surrounding the loss of the thumb drive are being investigated,” ADF stated.
“As the investigation is continuing Defence was unable to comment further at this stage.”