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New York Times says UK tried to get it to hand over Snowden documents

Posted By admin On October 14, 2013 @ 4:52 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Ed Pilkington
London Guardian [1]
October 14, 2013

The editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, has confirmed that senior British officials attempted to persuade her to hand over secret documents leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Giving the newspaper’s first official comments on the incident, Abramson said that she was approached by the UK embassy in Washington after it was announced that the New York Times was collaborating with the Guardian to explore some of the files disclosed by Snowden. Among the files are several relating to the activities of GCHQ, the agency responsible for signals interception in the UK.

“They were hopeful that we would relinquish any material that we might be reporting on, relating to Edward Snowden. Needless to say I considered what they told me, and said no,” Abramson told the Guardian in an interview to mark the International Herald Tribune’s relaunch as the International New York Times [2].

The incident shows the lengths to which the UK government has gone to try to discourage press coverage of the Snowden leaks. In July, the government threatened to take legal action against the Guardian that could have prevented publication, culminating in the destruction of computer hard drives containing some of Snowden’s files.

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[1] London Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/13/new-york-times-snowden-nsa-files

[2] an interview to mark the International Herald Tribune’s relaunch as the International New York Times: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/13/new-york-times-jill-abramson-first-amendment

[3] Greenwald: Snowden’s Files Are Out There if ‘Anything Happens’ to Him: http://www.prisonplanet.com/greenwald-snowdens-files-are-out-there-if-anything-happens-to-him.html

[4] US will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, Holder tells Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-will-not-seek-death-penalty-for-edward-snowden-holder-tells-russia.html

[5] US Air Force Blocks Internet Access To New York Times, Guardian And 23 Other Website Posting WikiLeaks Documents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-air-force-blocks-internet-access-to-new-york-times-guardian-and-23-other-website-posting-wikileaks-documents.html

[6] Greenwald claims up to 20,000 Snowden documents are in his possession: http://www.prisonplanet.com/greenwald-claims-up-to-20000-snowden-documents-are-in-his-possession.html

[7] Russia will not hand over Snowden to U.S.: Kremlin: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-will-not-hand-over-snowden-to-u-s-kremlin.html

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