Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis - How the UK Security Services neutralised the country’s leading liberal newspaper

The Guardian was printing the Snowdon files and they got warned by MI5, but they ignored it. Then, next, they got raided GCHQ who came in with angle drivers, electric drills, power tools and smashed their computers up to destroy the hard drives and all the Snowdon information was removed. 

After this, journalists got sacked and many others just left, and in the end the editor of the Guardian resigned and one friendly to the British establishment took over. He now has meetings with MI5 each week to see if they are getting the propaganda right.

This is the sort of thing we've been told to expect from countries like China and Russia, but this KGB type heavy handedness came from the British establishment. 

There is no true democracy in the West, it's like when Ford said you can have any colour you like as long as it's black.

The Guardian has been taken over by Britain's security agencies, and is now being forced to put out anti Corbyn propaganda. The security agencies say Corbyn is a risk to Britain’s national security, well, isn't that up to the British people to decide. And the British people should be allowed to choose what type of security services they want. 

The security agencies work on behalf of the elite, who are traditionally very conservative, and not on behalf of the British people. By taking us up to the brink of war with Russia, and by diverting our taxes towards their very lucrative never ending war business, these people spooks should be put on trail for treason for working against the national interest of the British people.

If the British people were given the true facts, and went then on to decide they would prefer friendlier ties with Russia and China, with less of their hard earned money being spent on the military, that's democracy at work. It's our country; it doesn't belong to a tiny, selfish, unrepresentative elite who run it for their own ends. 

According to the committee minutes, the fact The Guardian would not stop publishing “undoubtedly raised questions in some minds about the system’s future usefulness”. If the D-Notice system could not prevent The Guardian publishing GCHQ’s most sensitive secrets, what was it good for?
It was time to rein in The Guardian and make sure this never happened again.
GCHQ and laptops
The security services ratcheted up their “considerable efforts” to deal with the exposures.
On 20 July 2013, GCHQ officials entered The Guardian’s offices at King’s Cross in London, six weeks after the first Snowden-related article had been published.
At the request of the government and security services, Guardian deputy editor Paul Johnson, along with two others, spent three hours destroying the laptops containing the Snowden documents.
The Guardian staffers, according to one of the newspaper’s reporters, brought “angle-grinders, dremels – drills with revolving bits – and masks”. The reporter added, “The spy agency provided one piece of hi-tech equipment, a ‘degausser’, which destroys magnetic fields and erases data.”

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1 comment:

Matt Franko said...

“their hard earned money being spent on the military, ”