Mar 10, 2014
Guardian Threatened With Terrorism Charges for Reporting NSA Story
Posted on Dec 3, 2013
British police are investigating the staff of The Guardian newspaper to determine whether acts of journalism can be prosecuted as acts of terrorism.
Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick said, “It appears possible once we look at the material that some people may have committed offenses. ... We need to establish whether they have or they haven’t.”
As Reuters reports, this comes after members of Parliament accused Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger of helping terrorists. The Guardian, with the assistance of former employee Glenn Greenwald, broke the story of mass surveillance by the American NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ.
The British government has previously raided The Guardian’s offices and held Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, for prolonged questioning under the pretext of counterterrorism. Threatening charges of terrorism smacks of media intimidation—there are more leaks yet to come, and the authorities would probably like to turn off the faucet. In the United States, the Justice Department is reportedly struggling with the problem that it can’t prosecute Julian Assange and not The New York Times and other media outlets, which also released classified information. Apparently in Britain, they’ve taken a different tack.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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