August 23, 2013 Last Updated 7:41 am

The Independent runs NSA related story, Snowden claims he is not their source

Guardian’s Greenwald accuses UK government of leaking story to support their claims

The NSA story took a strange twist this morning when The Independent ran what it labeled an “exclusive” story about UK spying in the Middle East. The Independent claims that the information comes from “leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden.”

But The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald immediately posted a response saying that Edward Snowden has not given The Independent any information.

“I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent. The journalists I have worked with have, at my request, been judicious and careful in ensuring that the only things disclosed are what the public should know but that does not place any person in danger. People at all levels of society up to and including the President of the United States have recognized the contribution of these careful disclosures to a necessary public debate, and we are proud of this record.

“It appears that the UK government is now seeking to create an appearance that the Guardian and Washington Post’s disclosures are harmful, and they are doing so by intentionally leaking harmful information to The Independent and attributing it to others. The UK government should explain the reasoning behind this decision to disclose information that, were it released by a private citizen, they would argue is a criminal act.”

The Independent’s story features pictures of Edward Snowden, as well as both Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda, the implication being that they are the source of The Independent’s reporting.

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