A month ago, in the basement of the Guardian offices, two security officials from GCHQ – a co-conspirator in the NSA surveillance controversy – oversaw the destruction of hard drives and memory chips containing data leaked by Edward Snowden.
As if straight from a pulp fiction espionage novel, a shadowy government figure had earlier rung Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, to tell him “You’ve had your fun. Now we want the stuff back.”
I will leave it to Mr Rusbridger himself to describe this affair, and the seizure of digital material David Miranda was carrying on behalf of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.
The basement, hard-drive-destroying scene inspired me to draw the following picture. It was just a quick charcoal sketch, that I should probably have done in pencil. In case you can’t tell, the two security guys are standing over a metal bin containing burning documents. It looked better in my head…