Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Aug 2013 10:39 UTC
In the News Another checkmark in our road towards a totalitarian society: government intimidating the free press, destroying materials, and threatening to take them to court - to shut down a newspaper. No joke. The British government demanded that The Guardian hand over all materials related to Edward Snowden so that they could be destroyed. If the newspaper did not comply, the British government would go to court to shut down The Guardian.

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.

The newspaper told the government that even if they did comply, it would be pointless - all the materials related to Snowden had already been spread throughout the world, the actual editing was done in New York, the journalist in question (Greenwald) lived in Brazil - but the British government stood fast.

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.


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RE[8]: Talk about overblown
by ilovebeer on Sat 24th Aug 2013 02:17 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Talk about overblown"
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I didn't say "personal opinion", I said "SHOULD BE". Learn English, fucking arsehole.

So you don't know and/or understand that what you think "SHOULD BE" is an opinion? And since its yours, that would make it your personal opinion. Yes somebody sure as hell needs to learn English, and it quite obviously is you.

I like how cunts like you just assume everyone will see things your way.

I'm sticking to facts. There is nothing 'my way' about it. You're apparently upset because the facts differ from your opinions.

You got schooled on your ability to comprehend informal written communication and so start accusing people of lying and claim victory to hide the fact you got nothing.

I warned you you would only embarrassed yourself more by replying. I was right again. Anyone with half a brain is capable of identifying your foolish nonsense as such. No amount of lying, idiocy, and typical sore loser behavior is going to save you. You can't climb out of the hole you dug for yourself by digging it deeper.

If you ever get the balls to admit you're wrong, let us know. Although that would be the sign of a man and I suspect it's more likely people will be living on Mars before you become one of those. Class dismissed, junior. Go home now and work on not being such an idiot.

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