Stunt: The Guardian destroyed Snowden hard drives last summer

Stunt: The Guardian destroyed Snowden hard drives last summer


by Jon Rappoport

February 1, 2014


Buffoonery at its finest.


Last summer, we now learn, The Guardian made a deal with the British government to grind down and drill holes in the hard drives of four laptops, under the watchful eyes of gov agents.


Thus destroying the Snowden materials. Of course, the Prime Minister and his doofuses already knew there were other complete copies of the Snowden cache out there, copies they wouldn’t find. The Guardian editor told them that himself.


But they went ahead with the secret drilling and grinding last July.


Accomplishing what?


The Prime Minister had already threatened to shut down The Guardian. The threat worked quite well. The Guardian hasn’t published any more leaks exposing the British Surveillance State.


So the drilling and grinding was a PR stunt. A symbolic moment.


According to The Guardian, Brit gov agents didn’t read or copy the hard drives before they were destroyed.


But is that really true?


Possibly the symbolic event was a cover story, and Brit gov agents actually did read/copy those Snowden files.


And then they said: “You people at the Guardian can claim we read nothing. You can just say you destroyed the hard drives. You won’t tell the truth and we won’t, either. So you can save face. You can tell the world you stood strong against the government and refused us access to the files.”


Another possible reason for the “drilling and grinding” stunt? British agents had already come into possession of the Snowden files, through another route, and wanted to conceal that fact from their “American friends.” So they made a big deal out of destroying the hard drives.


Then they said to the American NSA: “Well, we limited the damage. We went to The Guardian offices and drilled those hard drives to bits. Rest assured, we didn’t read what was on them. So, aside from what was already published by the press, we don’t know anything about what you boys at the NSA have been doing—other than what you’ve confided to us.”


Remember, all intelligence agencies lie. That’s what they’re trained to do. If they’re not lying, they’re not doing their jobs. They lie to the press, the public, and to other intell agencies.


How many lies did you tell today, Jones? Only sixteen? That’s not enough. Not nearly enough…”


Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

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