Dec 2, 2013 Comments Off
A recent story in the Washington Post reports on the sustained pressure British authorities have exerted on the UK’s Guardian newspaper. The Guardian, along with the Washington Post, was the first media outlet to publish reports based on classified information provided by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.
In June, Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian’s top editor, was contacted by a senior government official and pressured to destroy hard drives storing Snowden data which were being kept at the Guardian’s headquarters in London. After further pressure, the Guardian relented and destroyed the hard-drives, according to Rusbridger, because copies of the data were already safely located outside of Britain, and because “…government officials had implied that they would take far more drastic action against the paper if he did not comply.”
Alan Rusbridger is also being forced to appear December 3rd before a parliamentary committee to explain the Guardian’s actions surrounding the Snowden documents. The committee appearance comes after the Guardian has been denounced by senior ministers, and Scotland Yard has suggested it may be investigating the paper for breaking the law.