Guardian editor describes how paper was forced to destroy files
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 01:16
Aug. 21 - Guardian editor explains how the newspaper destroyed files leaked by Edward Snowden at the uring of the British government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Guardian editors revealed on Tuesday (August 20) how and why the newspaper destroyed computer hard drives containing copies of some of the secret files leaked by fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
The newspaper's editor Alan Rusbridger said British officials demanded the newspaper hand over all its Snowden files, arguing the material was stolen.
Rusbridger said the paper had additional copies of the destroyed material on computers in the U.S. and Brazil.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) GUARDIAN EDITOR, ALAN RUSBRIDGER, SAYING:
"They took it on trust that the computers that we showed them were the computers that we had been using, and yes, they came down to the basement with us and they said you have to destroy this, this and this on a computer in order to make sure that it can never be read or recovered. And so we had this slightly bizarre scene where, under their instruction, we disabled the computers."
Senior British officials expressed fears that foreign governments, particularly Russia or China, could hack into the newspaper's network although the newspaper stressed the documents were not stored on any Guardian system but held in isolation.
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