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Veteran British journalist Simon Hoggart dies

Simon Hoggart, the veteran Guardian journalist, has died at the age of 67 after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer, the British newspaper said on Monday. Hoggart joined the daily straight from university in 1968, spent 12 years working for its sister Sunday paper The Observer, and for the past 20 years wrote the Guardian's witty and waspish parliamentary sketch.

'Patriot' Guardian editor defends Snowden leaks

The editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper on Tuesday defended the publication of leaks by Edward Snowden, telling lawmakers under fierce questioning that the daily's staff were "patriots". Alan Rusbridger told a parliamentary committee that his newspaper had published just one percent of the files from former US National Security Agency contractor Snowden and the rest were secure. Britain's spy chiefs told parliament last month that the publication of the Snowden leaks by the Guardian and other papers including the New York Times had helped Britain's enemies.

Guardian editor grilled by British MPs over Snowden leaks

The editor of Britain's Guardian newspaper, Alan Rusbridger, is to appear before lawmakers Tuesday to defend his newspaper's publication of intelligence documents leaked by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Parliament's home affairs committee is questioning Rusbridger as part of its investigation into counter-terrorism, amid claims the newspaper endangered national security by publishing details of US and British spying.

British MPs to quiz Guardian editor on Snowden leaks

The editor of the Guardian will face a grilling by British lawmakers next month over the newspaper's decision to publish intelligence leaks by Edward Snowden, it said on Friday. "Alan (Rusbridger) has been invited to give evidence to the home affairs select committee and looks forward to appearing next month," a spokeswoman for the daily told AFP. The Guardian has been accused of endangering national security with its publication of information about US and British spying programmes leaked by Snowden, a former contractor with the US National Security Agency (NSA).

'Classified' material seized from Miranda, UK court told

Material seized from the partner of a Guardian journalist when he was detained at a British airport under anti-terror laws included information that was "misappropriated" and "classified", the High Court in London heard on Friday. One file taken from David Miranda -- the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald, who has worked with US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on an explosive series of security services exposes -- included 58,000 "highly classified UK intelligence documents", a senior government intelligence advisor told judges.

UK security adviser outlines government fears for intelligence agents on seized documents

LONDON - The British government fears material seized from the partner of a Guardian journalist could compromise counter-terror operations, a senior national security adviser outlined Friday, arguing that intelligence agents in the field could be exposed as a result of the data.

British court grants the Guardian paper limited injunction against UK govt for seized items

LONDON - A British court has ruled the U.K. government may look through items seized from the partner of a journalist who has written stories about documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Lawyers for David Miranda, the partner of Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, said the seized items contain confidential information. It asked the High Court to prevent the government from "inspecting, copying or sharing" the data.

British court hears Miranda injunction bid

Lawyers for a man who helped publish Edward Snowden's leaked files asked Britain's High Court on Thursday to prevent the copying of data seized during his detention at a London airport. David Miranda, 28, the partner and assistant of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was on Sunday detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport under anti-terror laws and had his laptop, phone and other electronic equipment confiscated.

Russia criticises British squeeze on Guardian

Russia on Wednesday condemned a British crackdown on the Guardian newspaper over its publication of US security secrets leaked by Edward Snowden, accusing London of double standards. "The steps undertaken by the British authorities towards the Guardian newspaper are out of synch with the British side's stated commitment to universal human rights standards including freedom of the press," the foreign ministry said. "This once more speaks of the perverse practice of double standards applied by London in the field of human rights."

UK civil service chief pressured paper on Snowden files

Britain's top civil servant approached The Guardian to demand the newspaper return or destroy secret files leaked by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, reports said Wednesday. The left-liberal daily's editor Alan Rusbridger has claimed he was ordered to destroy some of the newspaper's Snowden files, having published a series of revelations from the thousands of documents given to it by the former US National Security Agency contractor. The Guardian said the British government had forced it to destroy files or face a court battle.
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