The plot thickens. British authorities reportedly destroyed hard drives in an attempt to stop the Guardian from disseminating stories about classified mass-surveillance projects. Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger details how security experts from British intelligence agency, GCHQ, told him that the Guardian would have to either hand over their information or have their hard drives destroyed.
The revelation is especially damaging to British authorities after yesterdayís international incident, where they detained David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, in Londonís Heathrow airport and confiscated his laptop and camera.
The story has an aura of dark humor, as the agents apparently didnít understand that the Guardian could report on places outside of London and that a destroyed hard drive wonít stop information from getting out.
Unlike the United States, Britain does not have a constitutional right to ďno prior restraint.Ē Except under extreme circumstances, the government is forbidden from stopping the flow of information, even if they wish to prosecute journalists after the fact.
Still, the idea that destroying a hard drive would stop the spread of information is kind of silly. Twitter, of course, had the best reaction to this laughable ignorance