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Guardian: UK Agents Destroyed NSA Leak Hard Drives
CBN ^ | August 20, 2013 | CBNNews.com

Posted on 08/20/2013 6:43:43 AM PDT by xzins

The Guardian newspaper says British agents destroyed their newsroom hard drives after they began publishing revelations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

In an opinion piece, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger claimed the hard drives were destroyed after weeks of pressure by British government officials.

He said the drives were torn apart in the basement of their office building as British intelligence agents looked on.

"One of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents," Rusbridger wrote.

"'We can call off the black helicopters,' joked one staffer as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro," he said.

Rusbridger's op-ed comes in response to the detention of David Miranda, partner of the reporter who broke the news about America's surveillance programs.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: coverup; edwardsnowden; greenwald; guardian; miranda; nsa; snowden

1 posted on 08/20/2013 6:43:43 AM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

Pfffftt! Do they honestly believe they can contain the lurch of data? That stuff is everywhere by now. It’s been scattered to the wind like dandelion seeds. Some of them may be snatched up by the beaks of government birds, but most will settle and sprout anew in foreign lands.

Once the data is out and made public, it’s everywhere. The ability for anyone to copy data from one flash drive to another takes seconds.


2 posted on 08/20/2013 6:47:17 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: xzins

These British dummies do not realize there backups of backups.

What a crock!


3 posted on 08/20/2013 6:48:24 AM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: xzins

I didn’t realize that the reporter was a sodomite. There were those articles about his “partner,” David Miranda. Partner is “British” for lover.


4 posted on 08/20/2013 6:49:47 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: rarestia
Do they honestly believe they can contain the lurch of data? That stuff is everywhere by now.

Of course it is. And backed up every which way by Wikileaks and others. This is such a silly strategy that I question the validity of the story.

5 posted on 08/20/2013 6:51:29 AM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: xzins

Because nobody has offsite secure backup storage?


6 posted on 08/20/2013 6:53:04 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Where's my pressure cooker backpack wmd ricin laced al qaeda terrorist BASSELOPE?)
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To: InterceptPoint

The only ‘strategy’ is to send a message.

Mess with us and we’ll destroy you.


7 posted on 08/20/2013 6:53:11 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: xzins

Because thumb drives haven’t been invented yet.

And reporters won’t take copies of key documents home and give them to their auntie for safe keeping.


8 posted on 08/20/2013 6:54:05 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Where's my pressure cooker backpack wmd ricin laced al qaeda terrorist BASSELOPE?)
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To: xzins

Given that the ‘Snowden Files’ heretofore leaked have proved mostly embarrassing to the US Feds over the extent of domestic spying...

One wonders what the Brits have to fear/hide...


9 posted on 08/20/2013 6:54:08 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: xzins
Idiots. Why did they just not turn off the machines or lock up the hard drives in a safe somewhere.
I'm sure they have them. Not even Snowden can sniff data off an inactive drive. Not yet anyway.
Wonder if there was something even more embarrassing on those drives, something the politicians wanted destroyed.

10 posted on 08/20/2013 6:55:38 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Cowboy Bob

You didn’t know he was gay? If not you haven’t been paying attention...


11 posted on 08/20/2013 7:02:05 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: logi_cal869
> Given that the ‘Snowden Files’ heretofore leaked have proved mostly embarrassing to the US Feds over the extent of domestic spying... > > One wonders what the Brits have to fear/hide... Fear of you spy on us, we'll spy on you agreements being made public? Fear of proof of NSA installing the intercepts and man-in-the-middle into their own infrastructure? Proof that the King Queen was born in Kenya?
12 posted on 08/20/2013 7:13:20 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: BitWielder1

BitTorrent and other distribution schemes too.


13 posted on 08/20/2013 7:14:17 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: xzins

Shame on Britain!


14 posted on 08/20/2013 7:21:03 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: xzins

Enemy governments have had the info for years, they are just protecting politicians and power brokers from us.


15 posted on 08/20/2013 7:25:13 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (sue the DNC for the IRS abuse! Can RICO laws be used against the DNC?)
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To: Bullfrogg

Austin Powers is based on REAL British Agents.
Who knew???


16 posted on 08/20/2013 7:31:53 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Doofer

Well, I haven’t been following it too closely, to be honest. I know the general details, but not the juicy bits...


17 posted on 08/20/2013 7:58:12 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: xzins; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; Travis McGee; ...

The people's thirst for knowledge must never be quenched!

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don’t add you to the list...

18 posted on 08/20/2013 8:22:47 AM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: Cowboy Bob; Doofer

This was discussed on another thread yesterday. Many journalists in that generation are gay, bi or curious. The prevalence is astounding actually. it might be more difficult to find a journalist in that age group happily married to a member of the opposite sex with 2 conventionally conceived children.


19 posted on 08/20/2013 8:25:00 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


20 posted on 08/20/2013 8:29:27 AM PDT by Nachum (I am Breitbartacus!)
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To: rarestia

Bagdad Bob only surrenders to little lies.


21 posted on 08/20/2013 8:30:43 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: rarestia

There’s an axiom in the IT industry.

Information wants to be free. It really does. It takes great effort to keep something a secret. Even moreso in the age of computers.


22 posted on 08/20/2013 8:33:56 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: xzins
Guardian

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian editor-in-chief, has said that the destruction of computer hard drives containing information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden allowed the paper to continue reporting on the revelations instead of surrendering the material to UK courts.

23 posted on 08/20/2013 8:38:38 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. This is not the post you are looking for ....move along now....)
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To: Black Agnes

We will arrest your family, your friends, and your co-workers. We will take your property and destroy it.

And we will do it in partnership with other tyrants.

Our betters have indeed recognized the powers in Pandora’s box, and are looking for solutions. For now, brute force will have to do, and regardless of back ups and such, they are sending every one of us a chilling message, loud and clear.

Dear Lord, please share Your strength.


24 posted on 08/20/2013 9:17:37 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: xzins

Send the UK gub’mint the bill for damages, replacement costs, lost data, etc. and sue if they don’t pay.

Do this in a very noisy public manner, which they can do as they are a news organization.


25 posted on 08/20/2013 9:43:27 AM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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