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Published time: August 20, 2013 04:20

Edited time: August 20, 2013 10:32

Pedestrians walk past the entrance of the Guardian newspaper building in London August 20 2013 (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett) Pedestrians walk past the entrance of the Guardian newspaper building in London August 20 2013 (Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett)

UK authorities reportedly raided the Guardian’s office in London to destroy hard drives in an effort to stop future publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The action is unlikely to prevent new materials coming out.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger revealed in a Monday article posted on the British newspaper’s website that intelligence officials from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) told him that he would either have to hand over all the classified documents or have the newspaper’s hard drives destroyed.

After more talks, two “security experts” from GCHQ – the British version of the National Security Agency – visited the Guardian’s London offices.

Rusbridger wrote that the government officials then watched as computers, which contained classified information passed on by Snowden, were physically destroyed in one of the newspaper building’s basements.

“We can call off the black helicopters,” Rusbridger said one of the officials joked.

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