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UK asked New York Times to hand over Snowden documents

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson said she was approached by senior British officials who asked her to hand over NSA documents revealed by Edward Snowden. Abramson stated: “They were hopeful that we would relinquish any material that we might be reporting on, relating to Edward Snowden. Needless to say, I considered what they told me, and said no.”

The New York Times received the NSA documents as part of a collaboration with the Guardian, despite Edward Snowden’s decision not to go to the New York Times due to their year-long postponement of a story on the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping in 2005.

The UK government has made multiple attempts to slow or halt publication of the material revealed by Snowden, including the destruction of the Guardian‘s hard drives in July 2013.

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