Oh the irony! How does it feel? The press that has been on it’s knees to Obama and his puppeteers, do they feel betrayed?
I understand why they killed Breitbart and Hastings but going after liberal media outlets and their reporters like the liberal rag, The Guardian?. Breitbart and Hastings were real journalists who sought the truth, who exposed the governments criminal acts and lies but The Guardian has been an arm of the government. They’ve hid its criminal acts and fed us it’s lies…
Britain forced Guardian to destroy copy of Snowden material
By Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The editor of the Guardian, a major outlet for revelations based on leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, says the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them back to British authorities.
In an article posted on the British newspaper's website on Monday, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said that a month ago, after the newspaper had published several stories based on Snowden's material, a British official advised him: "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back."
After further talks with the government, Rusbridger said, two "security experts" from Government Communications Headquarters, the British equivalent of the ultra-secretive U.S. National Security Agency, visited the Guardian's London offices.
In the building's basement, Rusbridger wrote, government officials watched as computers which contained material provided by Snowden were physically pulverized. "We can call off the black helicopters," Rusbridger says one of the officials joked.
The Guardian's decision to publicize the government threat - and the newspaper's assertion that it can continue reporting on the Snowden revelations from outside of Britain - appears to be the latest step in an escalating battle between the news media and governments over reporting of secret surveillance programs.
On Sunday, British authorities detained for nine hours the domestic partner of Glenn Greenwald, a Guardian writer who met face to face in Hong Kong with Snowden and has written or co-authored many of the newspaper's stories based on his material.
David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, will take legal action against the United Kingdom over his nine-hour detention Sunday, his lawyers said Tuesday morning.
Miranda will argue that the police’s confiscation of his laptop, USB flash drives and other items was illegal, and that he wants them returned.
“We are concerned about the unlawful way in which these powers were used and the chilling effect this will have on freedom of expression,” said Kate Goold, a lawyer with the firm representing Miranda.
Miranda was detained by police at Heathrow Airport in London as he was about to fly home to Brazil, where he lives with Greenwald. UK police detained him for nearly nine hours, the maximum amount of time allowed by a provision of the UK’s Terrorism Act known as Section 7.