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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Intelligence Keep Fighting the Guardian

UK Intelligence Keep Fighting the Guardian

UK Intelligence Keep Fighting the Guardian

Added: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
Alan Rusbridger, editor at the Guardian, has revealed that he was contacted by a senior government official who claimed to represent the views of Prime Minister. This meeting ultimately led to the intelligence service destroying hard drives at the newspaper’s London office.


Two meetings took place, after which the official demanded the return or destruction of all whistleblowing content the journalists were working on. The editor admitted that his tone was “steely, if cordial, but there was an implicit threat that the government and Whitehall favored even more draconian approach”. The problems emerged last month, when Rusbridger received a call from the center of government, demanding the data back. Consequently, the editor had further meetings with Whitehall people who wanted the Snowden content back or destroyed.

Rusbridger asked them directly whether the authorities were planning to shut down the paper’s reporting through the courts. The official confirmed they were, indeed. In response, the editor explained that the newspaper wasn’t actually constrained to doing reporting from London only. Actually, most of the NSA secrets were being revealed and edited out of the United States and Brazil. As such, any court order would fail to stop the Guardian because it would only apply to the United Kingdom.

Anyway, the official called in two security experts from Government Communications Headquarters and they oversaw the destruction of hard drives in the paper’s basement. Of course, the whole exercise was fruitless, because the information still existed and will be examined by journalists outside the country, but it seems they felt they had to do just something to show they are working on the issue.

Rusbridger admitted that soon it would be impossible for journalists to have confidential sources. Thus far, it is perfectly clear that Heathrow transit lounges are not as safe as those of Sheremetyevo. Just a few days ago, Mr. Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald (a journalist who has done most of the work around the NSA revelations), was detained at Heathrow for 9 hours without legal representation on terror charges. All his electronic devices were seized and you understand why and what they were looking for all those nine hours.

September 3rd,2013

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Date:  Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2013-09-03 05:13:05)
Embolism avatarA right to Privacy in your own home,Freedom of the Press and freedom from unwarranted arrest and detention without evidence,is this the UK or the good ole USA.I think our grandparents who fought against Fascism in WW2 would be ashamed of the acts perpetrated on behalf of the Americans and for Cameron to follow this line of illegal destruction of property,clear threats and detention shows how deep in the slime we have sunk alongside the USA,what next shall we turn the Isle of Wight into Guantanamo Bay MK2.

posted by (2013-09-03 07:13:22)
No avatarIs there any court order to destroy the hard disk? No contest in the court? Anyway NSA matter is not covered by British Laws. Why should British citizen be harassed by British civil servents who seem to be serving NSA (US government)?

posted by (2013-09-03 07:51:26)
chains_in_uk avatarOur people have to stand fast and tell our corrupt government to go to hell and we must NEVER repeat NEVER smother freedom of speech or all our little toffee nosed polititians will scam us for more money and claim expenses when they are clearly not entiteled to them.DONT give in to polititians you cant trust any of them.

posted by ET lovermen (2013-09-05 09:42:31)
brods73 avatarthis is total rubbish it was not the intelligence service destroying hard drives!!! the Guardian destroyed them themselves with angle grinders and such

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