Saturday 18 November 2017

Risible 'Guardian' is no friend of freedom

The sanctimonious paper and its editor are putting Western security at risk, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

IT'S the sanctimony of The Guardian that sets my teeth on edge, and these days it's in top form. Its editor of 18 years, Alan Rusbridger, is being grave and statesmanlike over persecution by the organs of the state.

In the interests of civil liberties, The Guardian published leaked secrets that exposed state abuse of power. It has paid a terrible price. Rusbridger was subjected to a humiliating dawn raid; his family were traumatised as the police searched the house from top to bottom. Computers and private documents were seized and he was arrested and put on indefinite bail and fears prison for using information that had been illegally hacked.

Except that he wasn't.

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