Skip to comments.Guardian: UK Agents Destroyed NSA Leak Hard Drives
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.
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.
These British dummies do not realize there backups of backups.
What a crock!
I didn’t realize that the reporter was a sodomite. There were those articles about his “partner,” David Miranda. Partner is “British” for lover.
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.
Because nobody has offsite secure backup storage?
The only ‘strategy’ is to send a message.
Mess with us and we’ll destroy you.
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.
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...
You didn’t know he was gay? If not you haven’t been paying attention...
BitTorrent and other distribution schemes too.
Shame on Britain!
Enemy governments have had the info for years, they are just protecting politicians and power brokers from us.
Austin Powers is based on REAL British Agents.
Well, I haven’t been following it too closely, to be honest. I know the general details, but not the juicy bits...
The people's thirst for knowledge must never be quenched!
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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.
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Bagdad Bob only surrenders to little lies.
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.
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.
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.
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.