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Guardian Editor describes destruction of newspaper hard drives by Brits...


A little over two months ago I was contacted by a very senior government official claiming to represent the views of the prime minister. There followed two meetings in which he demanded the return or destruction of all the material we were working on. The tone was steely, if cordial, but there was an implicit threat that others within government and Whitehall favoured a far more draconian approach.

The mood toughened just over a month ago, when I received a phone call from the centre of government telling me: "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back." There followed further meetings with shadowy Whitehall figures. The demand was the same: hand the Snowden material back or destroy it. I explained that we could not research and report on this subject if we complied with this request. The man from Whitehall looked mystified. "You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more."

During one of these meetings I asked directly whether the government would move to close down the Guardian's reporting through a legal route – by going to court to force the surrender of the material on which we were working. The official confirmed that, in the absence of handover or destruction, this was indeed the government's intention. Prior restraint, near impossible in the US, was now explicitly and imminently on the table in the UK. But my experience over WikiLeaks – the thumb drive and the first amendment – had already prepared me for this moment. I explained to the man from Whitehall about the nature of international collaborations and the way in which, these days, media organisations could take advantage of the most permissive legal environments. Bluntly, we did not have to do our reporting from London. Already most of the NSA stories were being reported and edited out of New York. And had it occurred to him that Greenwald lived in Brazil?

The man was unmoved. And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. "We can call off the black helicopters," joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.

Whitehall was satisfied, but it felt like a peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age. We will continue to do patient, painstaking reporting on the Snowden documents, we just won't do it in London. The seizure of Miranda's laptop, phones, hard drives and camera will similarly have no effect on Greenwald's work.

Edward Snowden journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda detained at Heathrow airport


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Where is the Piers Morgan interview of David Miranda?

This sure feels like a civil rights violation to me...Where are you Piers to point out the TRAVESTY AT HEATHROW?

From The Guardian article: "scedule 7 of the UK's terror laws, which give authorities enormous discretion to stop, search and question people who have NO CONNECTION WITH TERROR, as ordinarily understood. Suspects have no right to legal representation and may have their property confiscated for up to seven days [and held in custody for nine hours]."

I truly thank God we have The Constitution here in the United States of America! Now, clearly, our rights are being violated by the NSA and other branches of the federal government; however, we have a document written in plain English that articulates what the government is NOT allowed to do. Eventually, We The People will remove those in office and fix the violations. Detaining individuals with no evidence of breaking a law is, in my opinion, beyond unjust rule and it really is evidence of tyranny. The British "transit area" is not any safer than an African totalitarian nation where individuals are held for years before even getting a chance at a trial.

I hope the main-street media starts "getting it" and realizes that they are not any more privelaged than the general public.

Very slick.

I would much rather read the AMAZING secrets that Mr Greenwald was promising to spill, instead of the per-arranged "detainment" of his lover.
As a constitutional lawyer, it never crossed Mr Greenwald's mind, that his live-in, might just happen to be a person of interest to the British "government"? Really?
This whole saga is getting to be more and more of a farce as time goes by.

Excuse Me?

You don't think Greenwald is paranoid enough?

Don't you think it occurred to him to make multiple back-ups? What did you expect? That he use e-mail? The postal service?

And, just who has been exposed by this incident to public ridicule and scrutiny? Was it the partner or the government?

The exposure of this incident is news in its own right. We don't stand a chance to protect speech if we don't have news media on our side.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

If he has multiple back ups,

why try to take it across boarders?
This is all a distraction.

No, maybe I don't know how

electronic media works....but I know how a global con jobs work.
Remember Koney 2012?...the "Arab Spring"?...weapons of mass destruction?
Swine 'flu?....Bird 'flu?....Y2K2?....9/11?....the list of con jobs goes on and on and on and on and on....and this is one of them.

Interesting conspiracy you have created Jill, care

to provide proof of your accusations? I would like to more on your opinion, and any proof that you have that "the list of con jobs goes on and on and on and on and on....and this is one of them."

Always remember:
"It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds." ~ Samuel Adams
If they hate us for our freedom, they must LOVE us now....

Stay IRATE, remain TIRELESS, an

I always get asked to provide "proof",

but it's not about "proof", it's about joining the dots, and connecting people. Then a clearer picture emerges.
There are people surrounding Mr Snowden that I don't trust. His legal team.http://21stcenturywire.com/2013/07/01/elder-snowden-engineers-deal-with-bruce-fein-for-edward-snowdens-return/
Snowdens Russian lawyer is the head of this organisation, essentially a re worked KGB.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Security_Service
These articles shed a different on things.
1) V http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1268209/snowden-s...
There is much much more, Laura Poitras who funded her work, who are the people behind the MacArthur Foundation, what politics to they embrass. Where does George Soros fit in? Who controls The Guardian? What were their backgrounds?
Just keep digging, and the more you dig the more you question everything about Mr Greenwalds "take" on the Edward Snowden saga.
Please remember, Mr Greenwald is not a journalist, he is an activist blogger, who was hired to blog in the Guardian....why?

Welcome to Stalins Version of England



"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Thank God for the insurance

Thank God for the insurance files.

Hope you guys made a bajillion copies of the info

So they can never get their hands on all copies of the info. Modern day book burning.

No Kidding..

I hope they have copies on every corner of the earth.

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Freedom of the press controlled by the Prime Minister?

This kind of control is called fascism.