The UK government smashed the Guardian’s hard drives in hopes of stopping the Snowden leaks

The UK government smashed the Guardian’s hard drives in hopes of stopping the Snowden leaks

The Guardian Editor in Chief Alan Rusbridger has revealed that members of the UK Government Communications Headquarters oversaw the destruction of the newspaper’s hard drives in an effort to keep material leaked by Edward Snowden from coming to light.

Rusbridger claims that the Guardian’s reporting on the NSA will continue in spite of Whitehall’s intervention, but it will no long report on the Snowden documents from London. “Whitehall was satisfied, but it felt like a peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age,” he wrote.

F**k it, we'll do it live!

Our biggest ever edition of TNW Conference is fast approaching! Join 10,000 tech leaders this May in Amsterdam.

The revelation comes following an incident where Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow airport through invocation of the Terrorism Act. Miranda’s own data storage devices were confiscated during the investigation.

See also: Guardian: The NSA can search for US citizens’ calls and emails without a warrant

Image credit: iStockphoto

Read next: Washington DC regulator blocks UberX service in compact cars due to unfair competiton with taxis

Shh. Here's some distraction

Comments