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UK officials 'made' Guardian destroy files

20 August 2013 Last updated at 17:18 BST

The Guardian's editor claims leaked information it held from Edward Snowden was destroyed following government demands.

In a column in Tuesday's edition, Alan Rusbridger said he had received a call from a government official, who told him, "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back."

He claims that GCHQ officials supervised the destructions of computer hard-drives which contained leaked files.

Rusbridger told the BBC that there needs to be a balance between state security and freedom of speech.

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