WASHINGTON — The Guardian, whose reporter Glenn Greenwald leaked the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance program to the world, was forced to destroy their documents and other information that they received from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
The Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, revealed that a month ago British authorities approached him and his newspaper to destroy The Guardian’s evidence. The officials that visited Rusbridger threatened legal action against the paper and were from the British agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), which is the equivalent of the U.S.’s NSA.
It was a “pointless” move, said Rusbridger, if the British government wanted to stop the stories from being published. But, some say that it was a symbolic move meant to tell The Guardian and Greenwald that leaks like these will no longer be tolerated.
Greenwald lives in Brazil while his leaker and claim to fame, Snowden, is now living under temporary asylum in Russia.