I just… can’t believe the utter absurdity of someone going “let’s sell some old government furniture” so went into an office where they keep top secret files, saw an old filing cabinet, didn’t bother to check inside of it, organised to have to transported out and sold at a second hand store and at no point did anyone double check any part of this process and go “wait… do you think this filing cabinet designated to hold government secrets might… you know… still contain those secrets?” until SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER! THE ABC FINDS HUNDREDS OF SECRET GOVERNMENT FILES AND GOES “WE CAN’T PUBLISH THEM ALL BUT HEY HERE’S THE HIGHLIGHTS!” Someone is probably sitting in their office screaming into their hands so people in the room over can’t hear them. This is just… how????
this is why i firmly believe that writers shouldn’t get too bogged down worrying about “believability”, especially when it comes to government and/or law enforcement incompetence. literally anything is believable.