UK threatens to shut down Guardian for printing Snowden leaks

UK threatens to shut down Guardian for printing Snowden leaks
Thu Mar 27, 2014 21:38:40

British secret services has threatened to shut down the Guardian newspaper for publishing exposé of US massive surveillance based on Edward Snowden leaks.

Paul Johnson, Guardian deputy editor, said at the Radiodays Europe conference in the Irish capital, Dublin, that the daily was threatened for printing Snowden’s disclosures of mass espionage activities by the US.

“We were threatened that we would be closed down. We were accused of endangering national security and people’s lives. It left us in a very difficult position,” he said.

Johnson also said that he had been informed by a senior civil servant that “prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the foreign secretary, the home secretary and the attorney general have got a problem with you.”

Snowden was a former US National Security Agency contractor. He has so far leaked an enormous amount of classified information about the scope of US surveillance programs around the globe.

Classified documents leaked by Snowden in June last year revealed that Britain’s eavesdropping agency, the Government Communications Headquarters, was secretly accessing the network of cables, which carry the world’s phone calls and Internet traffic and has been sharing the data with the US National Security Agency.

The joint spying practices by the two agencies include the interception of millions of online communications by ordinary people and eavesdropping on world leaders.


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