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UK PM: Snowden leaks damaged national security

Iran Press TV

Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:21AM GMT

The US National Security Agency (NSA) files, leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden to the daily Guardian, have damaged the UK's national security, British Prime Minister says.

Speaking during prime minister's questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, David Cameron urged MPs to investigate whether the newspaper has broken the law by publishing secrets leaked by former CIA employee.

'The plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security. I think it's up to select committees in this house if they want to examine this issue and make further recommendations,' Cameron said.

Earlier in June, Snowden leaked two top secret US government spying programs, under which the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are eavesdropping on millions of American and European phone records and the Internet data from major Internet companies such as Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

The US intelligence whistleblower also admitted his role in the leaks in a 12-minute video recorded interview published by the Guardian.

A month later, the paper reported that it had been forced by authorities in Britain to destroy the classified documents it received from former NSA contractor.

However, the British government's crackdown on the Guardian over its revelations of US spying programs was widely criticized as a threat to press freedom in the UK.


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