Mi5 Chief: ‘Guardian’ Gave Gift to Terrorists

    Britain's daily newspaper The Guardian, printed on new large tabloid format, is seen at a mini market in London, Monday Sept. 12, 2005. The new-look Guardian is now printed in the so-called Berliner format and is the latest step in the history of the paper spanning more than 180 years. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

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    With Edward Snowden possibly spotted grocery shopping in Russia  (it’s no Hawaii, that’s for sure), Mi5 has turned its attention onto the Guardian, the newspaper that printed Snowden’s disclosures. Britain’s spy chief Andrew Parker said Wednesday that the Guardian gave terrorists “a gift they need to evade us and strike at will” and the newspaper caused huge “harm” to Britain’s intelligence community. Snowden, a former defense contractor, leaked thousands of classified documents to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald that detailed the U.S. National Security Agency and Britain’s GCHQ’s program to monitor phones, emails, and more. Since then, there has been international repercussions for those involved: Snowden has been charged with espionage by the U.S. government and sought asylum in Russia, while Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow Airport for nine hours.

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