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[11]: Talk about overblown
by kwan_e on Sat 24th Aug 2013 09:39 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Talk about overblown"
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At least 23 people figured out I was saying what a democracy SHOULD be. You are the only one too maliciously stupid to try and misread it as much as possible

I understand that many nerds are borderline, or full-fledged Asperger's, but I'm not going to insult them by suggesting your inability to understand the intention someone's comments is a result of that.

All I'm saying is you have the comprehension skills of an idiot savant. Just without the savant part.

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RE[12]: Talk about overblown
by ilovebeer on Sat 24th Aug 2013 16:20 in reply to "RE[11]: Talk about overblown"
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You've already been exposed as a total moron. All your inconsistencies, lies, and flat out wrong statements have already been pointed out. It's funny that you think all these people agree with you, yet not a single person has come to your defense or expressed agreement with you. You've been completely dismantled and your reply is nothing but more foolish nonsense from a sore loser. That seems to be all you're good for, Junior -- posting feeble-minded butthurt replies.

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RE[13]: Talk about overblown
by kwan_e on Sat 24th Aug 2013 23:39 in reply to "RE[12]: Talk about overblown"
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not a single person has come to your defense or expressed agreement with you.

I guess my 23 upvotes count for nothing yet.

You're stupid and blind, and now your own lies and idiocies and your inferiority complex, leading you to lash out and prematurely claim victory without a second opinion, are exposed.

Edited 2013-08-24 23:40 UTC

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