Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers have taken custody of controversial government documents, found by the ABC in a locked filing cabinet, after an agreement was reached between Aunty and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Officials retrieved the files from ABC's Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane offices late on Thursday after an earlier visit from ASIO, in which the documents had been temporarily placed in safes to secure them before ASIO would later return. ABC director Gaven Morris yesterday emphasised that the initial Canberra and Brisbane operations were not raids.