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And now the plot really thickens, as the New York Times enters the fray.

From Buzzfeed:

The New York Times is in the Snowden game.

The paper — which NSA leaker Edward Snowden deliberately avoided over his fear that it would cooperate with the United States government — is now working with the Guardian on a series of stories based on documents that detail National Security Agency cooperation with its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ.

And get this:
Now the Times or an agent for the paper, too, appears to have carried digital files from the United Kingdom across international lines into the United States. Discussions of how to partner on the documents were carried out in person between top Guardian editors and Times executive editor Jill Abramson, all of whom declined to comment on the movement of documents. But it appears likely that someone at one of the two papers physically carried a drive with Snowden’s GCHQ leaks from London to New York or Washington — exactly what Miranda was stopped at Heathrow for doing.
I suspect it will be very difficult for the U.S. or U.K. governments to harass Glenn Greenwald or his so-called drug mule partner further on this.

By doing so, they would be trampling on the journalistic legitimacy of one of the world's most revered news institutions.

I wonder what's going to happen next.

It's certainly a dramatic story and one that serves the citizen's interests on two counts: It can potentially shed further light on NSA surveillance both at home and abroad, and it keeps the news story in the public eye, which should foster further scrutiny.

Originally posted to bink on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by The First and The Fourth.

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