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The Guardian partners with NY Times to report on Snowden’s leaked GCHQ files

The Guardian partners with NY Times to report on Snowden’s leaked GCHQ files

The Guardian has announced that it will partner with the New York Times to report on files leaked by Edward Snowden pertaining to the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

From The Guardian:

The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The arrangement was made when the Guardian was faced with demands from the UK government to hand over the GCHQ files it had in its possession.

“In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories,” the Guardian said in a statement.

Following the recent detention of his partner David Miranda, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald said he would be more aggressive in his reporting and promised to publish many more documents about the British government’s surveillance activities.

From Reuters (via Huffington Post):

“I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England too. I have many documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did,” Greenwald, speaking in Portuguese, told reporters at Rio’s airport where he met Miranda upon his return to Brazil.

“They wanted to intimidate our journalism, to show that they have power and will not remain passive but will attack us more intensely if we continue publishing their secrets,” he said.

An attorney for the UK’s Metropolitan police said Thursday that data on the equipment seized from Miranda contains “highly sensitive material the disclosure of which would be gravely injurious to public safety.”

The arrangement between the two news outlets is similar to that of the partnership between The Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel when Wikileaks released US embassy cables that sparked international uproar. Wikileaks later released the full cache containing unredacted documents that identified the names of some activists and whistleblowers, prompting condemnation from their news partners.  Some of the history behind that collaboration is highlighted in the recent documentary film, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.”

It is expected that the partnership with a US news outlet will provide The Guardian extra cover to release some of the UK-specific information, as pressure from the UK government has hindered The Guardian’s reporting to some extent.  Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger revealed earlier this week that GCHQ security agents weeks ago oversaw the destruction of hard drives containing documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Given the pressure the Obama administration has placed on US outlets when it comes to leaks however, it’s uncertain just how much protection an outlet like the NY Times can actually offer to a UK outlet.


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legacyrepublican | August 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

And so they choose the NYT. Couldn’t they find a real newspaper to work with that had integrity?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to legacyrepublican. | August 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Wasn’t there a movie about this?

    Uh…”When Dinosaurs and Dodo Birds Mate?”

    dunce1239 in reply to legacyrepublican. | August 24, 2013 at 2:47 am

    The idea that there are only three or four copies of the information is unverified nonsense. What does make sense is so many copies that the effort to stop their release is futile.

Greenwald is an idiot. If the leaked files have something that the British don’t want printed he can be kept quiet. Depends on how sensitive the information is on whether or not they dispatch those type of assets.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Britain specialises in tormenting gay spies till they make some self exterminating decisions.

One more for the books.

We have the First Amendment. And, laws that don’t give judges the right to PRIOR RESTRAINT on publishing information.

While over in England, the government “leaked” the Mideast’s NSA abilities to cover all traffic. In. And, Out. From any State. (Perhaps not from Syria, though? Because in May Assad de-linked Syrians from the Internet.)

Glenn Greenwald had his information UP AND RUNNING, that the Independent did NOT get any leaks from him. Or Snowden. And, he was able to quote Snowden in REAL TIME.

Yup, all the FiveEyes are in a snit. (USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.)

Also, because of so much air traffic, Heathrow was looking for the billions to build a third runway. Me thinks they won’t need it, now.

In 1971, the NY Times published the Pentagon Papers. Strong history of meeting the government’s anger over this. And, the strong First Amendment results that came the paper’s way.

Glenn Greenwald was born in America. And, became a lawyer, too. Peter Maas, who writes for the NY Times, did a profile on Greenwald (who usually doesn’t accommodate journalists.) Peter Maas also did a profile (10 pages long), on Laura Poitras.

So why not the NY Times?