The Guardian says it will partner with the NYT on Snowden files
The Guardian late Friday (UK time) announced that it had struck a deal with The New York Times to share the leaked documents from the the National Security Agency provided by Edward Snowden. The deal was struck to insure that the documents would remain in the hands of journalists following pressure from the UK government to hand them over and stop reporting the story.
“In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories,” the Guardian said in a statement that was quoted on its website.
Previously, the Guardian’s editor, Alan Rusbridger had said that the Guardian has ways of continuing to report the story, including using its US news organization. This move seems to back away from that approach.
The Guardian’s story says that Edward Snowden, who remains in Russia, is aware of the newspaper’s arrangement with the NYT. As of early afternoon US time the NYT had not confirmed the Guardian’s post concerning a deal.