The New York Times is finally getting in on the Edward Snowden action. Snowden had previously avoided giving the NSA documents he obtained to the Times because he was scared the paper would cooperate with the government. However, BuzzFeed reports that things have changed because of Snowden’s information that links the NSA with its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). A spokesperson for The Guardian sent the following email to BuzzFeed:
In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, The Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are continuing to work in partnership with the NYT and others to report these stories.
The discussions between the papers was carried out in person between Guardian editors and Jill Abramson, the Times’ executive editor. Rumor has it that Scott Shane, a national security reporter for the Times, is currently working on a set of stories based on Snowden’s information. The articles will be published jointly with The Guardian.
By publishing new Snowden documents, the Times is guaranteed to get a lot of unwanted attention from the government. The Times, meanwhile, gets its hands on a huge story.
This is going to be fun.
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