Stephen Sackur of BBC’s “HARDtalk” appeared absurd this week when he challenged Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who led reporting on the NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, on minutiae irrelevant to the historic revelations that British and American governments secretly spy on and violate the privacy of untold numbers of people around the world.
The following is a transcript of questions and answers with Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, about British government pressure on the newspaper. The Guardian and The Washington Post were the first publications to report on government surveillance programs revealed in classified files obtained by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor. (The exchange was conducted Wednesday by e-mail; some questions have been edited for clarity.)
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