Alan Rusbridger
Media playback is unsupported on your device

UK officials 'made' Guardian destroy files

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.

  • 20 Aug 2013
Go to next video: Miranda legal action over seized data