Cameron unhappy newspapers still printing Snowden data leaks

LONDON Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:33am GMT

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Federation of Small Business in London January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/pool

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Federation of Small Business in London January 27, 2014.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday he was unhappy that newspapers were still publishing sensitive information leaked by former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden and urged them to stop.

Disclosures about the activities of Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency and its cooperation with America's National Security Agency (NSA) have embarrassed Britain's government and angered many lawmakers in Cameron's ruling Conservative party who believe they have harmed national security.

"I'm worried about the damage that Snowden has done to our security," Cameron told a parliamentary committee. "I would encourage the newspapers that are endlessly dallying in this to think before they act because ... we are in severe danger of making ourselves less safe."

Cameron has in the past threatened to act to stop the publication of material linked to Snowden and has accused unnamed newspapers of assisting Britain's enemies by helping them avoid surveillance by its intelligence services.

He has previously named Britain's Guardian newspaper as printing such material. The Guardian says it has been careful in choosing what to publish and has not printed any names.

The British police said in December it was checking to see if the newspaper's staff should be investigated for terrorism offences for their handling of the Snowden data, but have not brought any charges.

Cameron said on Thursday that the leaks had inevitably prompted Britons to ask themselves how their confidential data was being used.

Earlier this week, the Foreign Office announced that the head of GCHQ, the British electronic eavesdropping agency featured in some of Snowden's leaks, would step down at the end of this year. It denied his departure was linked to the scandal.

(Reporting by William James and Andrew Osborn; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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ultimate wrote:
Get with the programme Cameron,the citizens of the world find the practice of the monitoring of electronic communications to be repulsive.Its no different to sitting a government employee in every post office,and slitting open every letter,reading it,photocopying it,filing it and re-sealing it.Slobering over all our intimacies and private family matters,DISGUSTING.

Do you really imagine that terrorists are still communicating in this fashion.

Why are you keeping on record all communications if your sole objective is the fight against terrorism

FIGHT ELECTRONIC SURVEILANCE BY BOYCOTTING INTERNET PURCHASING.CUT OFF THE REVENUE STREAM OF THE INTERNET CORPORATIONS AND THEY’LL PUT AN END TO THIS DISGUSTING PRACTICE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE.

Feb 03, 2014 10:38pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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