British Gov’t Asked NY Times to Destroy Its Copies of Snowden Docs

You may recall news from early last week that British government agents entered the offices of The Guardian and destroyed hard drives containing material the paper obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Well, they’re now taking a decidedly less infiltrating tactic in dealing with The New York Times. The British government has asked the Times to destroy all the copies of documents they have in their possession, but the Times has so far shown zero interest in complying.

Reuters reports the request was made from a senior official at the British Embassy in Washington D.C. directly to Times executive editor Jill Abramson. The Times has yet to respond.

The British request… was greeted by Abramson with silence, according to the sources. British officials indicated they intended to follow up on their request later with the Times, but never did, one of the sources said.

The Times has so far issued no public comment, while a British embassy spokesman told Reuters they want to secure all copies of the classified documents “to protect public safety and our national security.”

h/t Reuters


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