U.K. Ordered Guardian to Destroy Snowden Files Because Its Servers Weren’t Secure | Threat Level | Wired.com
It’s the kind of justification that only a government agency could make.
After NSA insider Edward Snowden absconded with thousands of sensitive U.S. government documents from unsecured NSA servers earlier this year and gave them to the Guardian newspaper, a U.K. spy agency forced the paper to destroy hard drives containing copies of the documents because the agency said the newspaper’s servers were not secure.
The U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, claimed that Russia or China could hack into the Guardian’s IT network and access the documents.