New York Times partners with The Guardian on NSA surveillance

Last Sunday, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald was detained for nine hours in London, while the paper’s editor Alan Rusbridger revealed this week that government officials had ordered the paper to physically destroy files containing leaked data.

The Guardian said that cooperating with a foreign paper would enable it to put documents beyond the reach of the British government.

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The American press enjoys strong constitutional protection against so-called “prior restraint,” or attempts by the government to prevent the publication of material.

Such collaborations have occurred before, such as in 2010 when The Guardian, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel worked together to report on the WikiLeaks documents leaked by Bradley Manning.

Snowden has said that when he was first looking for a newspaper to work with, he avoided the Times because he feared it would collaborate with the American government.