Like a bunch of inept evil villains in an Austin Powers sequel, British authorities have reportedly smashed some Guardian-owned hard drives in order to get rid of NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger reports that a couple of shady government guys turned up at the paper’s HQ recently to smash some computers. He calls it “one of the more bizarre moments” in the paper’s history, two “security experts” (experts?!) “overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian‘s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents,” he writes.
The raid “felt like a peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age,” Mr. Rusbridger notes. “We will continue to do patient, painstaking reporting on the Snowden documents, we just won’t do it in London.”
He also points out that it may soon be impossible for journalists to have confidential sources–a scary thought, for sure, but as long as government officials stay this clueless about how computers work, we might be okay.