The UK government has decided to ask the Guardian to go ahead and eliminate and destroy secret NSA files because they are afraid they might pose a threat in case of being put into the wrong hands. If they are placed into the wrong hands, they could pose a serious threat to Britain and Nick Clegg is endorsing this decision. This is all according to a report by the Guardian which was published on August 21.
These leaked secret NSA files could pose a real threat if they fall into the wrong hands. However, David Cameron may be under investigation for asking the Guardian to destroy these secret files. As a matter of fact, last month the Guardian did destroy two hard drives while two security experts watched. This was only because Britain’s government threatened to take legal action and sue them for having these secret files on their hard drive.
Although they did destroy these two hard drives, it has been found that they have backups in the United States as well as in Brazil. The reason for the backup copies in Brazil is because the Guardian journalist, Glenn Greenwald is the person who received the secret files from Edward Snowden, the U.S whistleblower. Greenwald actually lives in Rio de Janeiro.
However, it has been mentioned that the British government may have actually acted in an invasive manner when they held David Miranda, Greenwald’s partner, in detention for 9 long hours. Miranda was held under anti-terror laws as he was flying home.
While holding Miranda, the government confiscated his cell phone, memory sticks, laptop, camera, game consoles, and DVD’s.