When journalists possess sensitive government documents that are classified as secret and that have been stolen, that makes them co-perpetrators. From the story here, once again from The Guardian and about The Guardian, journalists under their employ possess stolen documents in the form of information on hard drives. They threaten to publish more of the information at their discretion.
Both the U.S. and U.K governments have determined that the leaked information is damaging to international security.
The reporters and their employer holding stolen property is tantamount to blackmail, of a sort, which is yet another crime.
The headline is that the U.S. government requested the U.K PM to direct that the hard drives in possession by The Guardian should be destroyed under supervision of the government for reasons of national security.
The subject reporter is David Miranda, who is in detention and who is “a colleague of Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who received the documents from the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, lives in Rio de Janeiro,” according the story posted here.
More copies of the information are in possession of The Guardian reporters and probably Wikileaks as well.
Edward Snowden is a fugitive who has obtained asylum in Russia. In the U.S. he is a criminal at large.
Given the magnitude of the problem, it seems that the U.S. would be justified to ban The Guardian from operating in the USA.
“Guardian told to destroy NSA files for national security, says Clegg
Clegg's spokesman confirms that Sir Jeremy Heywood made request on instructions of David Cameron
Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
theguardian.com, Wednesday 21 August 2013 07.11 EDT
Nick Clegg's spokesman made clear that the cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, was acting on the authority of both the prime minister and his deputy.
In a statement, a spokesman for the deputy prime minister gave the first official confirmation that the cabinet secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, made the request to the Guardian.
The intervention by Clegg came after Yvette Cooper said that parliament's intelligence watchdog should investigate David Cameron's role in asking the Guardian to surrender or destroy the NSA documents. The shadow home secretary made her call after the Daily Mail and the Independent reported that Heywood made the request to the Guardian on the instructions of the prime minister.”