Government Agents Smash Media Hard Drives to Stop NSA Leaks

By Gary Cutlack on at

Yet more astonishingly weird revelations have come out of the Guardian's endless exposure of the spying scandal, with the paper's editor claiming government enforcers resorted to physically breaking his team's computers to end the constant drip-drip of embarrassing leaks.

Alan Rusbridger, the Guardian's editor, said he'd had a previous warning before the attack on his hardware, with government employees telling him: "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back." And by "stuff" they mean the files leaked to the paper by Edward Snowden, which have been embarrassing governments for months.

Things then turned physical, with Rusbridger saying: "...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."

It was probably all backed up in Dropbox anyway. [Guardian]

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