Encrypted drive likely stolen by foreign intelligence agents at airport.

Secret documents of Australia’s most senior commander in the Middle East were stolen by a foreign intelligence service when an encrypted USB drive went missing last year.

A report obtained under freedom of information by Fairfax revealed the drive contained Lotus Notes documents of Major-General John Cantwell and was likely stolen during transit through Kuwait.

The drive was stored in an aide’s backpack – contrary to protocol – and was thought lost when a large amount of luggage went missing for several days from Islamabad airport.

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