British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offenses over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.
The disclosure came after Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry, was accused by lawmakers of helping terrorists by making top secret information public and sharing it with other news organizations.
The Guardian was among several newspapers which published leaks from U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden about mass surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain’s eavesdropping agency GCHQ.
Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who heads London’s Specialist Operations unit, told lawmakers the police were looking to see whether any offenses had been committed, following the brief detention in August of a man carrying data on behalf of a Guardian journalist.
Under Coalition plans, “day to day spending on public services… (will be at) It’s smallest share of national income since 1948”. George Osborne’s 2013 Autumn Statement on spending plans for the UK government consisted of 7,025 words and took 50 minutes to read – but could have been summed up by that one line in the report of the government’s fiscal watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility.
On arrival in government, the Conservative section of the Coalition government were keen to present austerity as temporary, necessary and purely practical. Back in 2010, Cameron claimed that he“didn’t come into politics to make cuts”, and that austerity was simply temporary spending restraint based on a necessary effort to cut the deficit, not “some ideological zeal”.
In 2013, ‘Austerity’ is delivering the half century long ambition of the Conservative party: to revoke the post-war social contract of the United Kingdom.
- Suppressed report: welfare reform link to homelessness and food bank use
- ‘Over 100k’ want Govt to halt welfare cuts for disabled
- Millions to work longer for a pension as life expectancy rises
- Autumn Statement 2013: Seven Numbers You Won’t Hear George Osborne Mention
- George Osborne to announce cuts while covered in diamonds
David Cameron today dismissed an editorial in a Government-run Chinese newspaper which labelled Britain as a fallen power only good as a destination for tourism and studying.
The Global Times also took Cameron to task for comments backing expanded democracy in former British colony Hong Kong, and said Britain is colluding with France and Germany to provoke China over the Dalai Lama.
“We’ve discovered that Britain is easily replaceable in China’s European foreign policy,” said the editorial in the newspaper’s Chinese edition. “Moreover, Britain is no longer any kind of ‘big country’, but merely a country of old Europe suitable for tourism and overseas study, with a few decent football teams.”
Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.
In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.
A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.
Despite mounting evidence for a growing food poverty crisis in the UK, ministers maintain there is “no robust evidence” of a link between sweeping welfare reforms and a rise in the use of food banks. However, publication of research into the phenomenon, commissioned by the Government itself, has been delayed, amid speculation that the findings may prove embarrassing for ministers.
- Eternal austerity makes complete sense – if you’re rich
- More than 5 million people in the UK are paid less than the living wage
- Recession has led to spending on food falling by 8.5%, say researchers
- Iain Duncan Smith ‘targeting seriously ill claimants’ in benefits overhaul
- Labour: We’ll scrap benefits for under 25s
- Britain’s poorest and most deprived areas hit hardest as society becomes ”unacceptably more divided”
- Malnutrition cases almost double in last five years as poorer families struggle to survive the economic downturn
- Council report recommends ‘using all available by laws’ to ban Croydon soup kitchen
- Gravesend man hangs himself after sickness benefits were cut
- Civil servants told to judge whether disabled deserve benefits by Googling their illnesses
- Paying benefits ‘does not make unemployed lazy’
- Cut benefits cap to £20,000, say Tories
- U.K. Food-Bank Users Return What Needs Cooking as Bills Rise
- Dying man ‘has only 12p a day to eat’
- Foodbanks ‘are a sticking plaster’ in poverty epidemic
When Ofgem head Andrew Wright identified a “deep mistrust of anything the energy companies do or say” last week, the chief executive of Britain’s gas and electricity regulator wasn’t exaggerating.
After four years of inflation-busting price hikes that have increased their average profit per household more than ten-fold, the popularity of the “big six” appears to have sunk to an all-time low. So much so, that 68 per cent of the population wants to see the big energy companies renationalised, according to a poll by YouGov last month. Returning the energy sector to state ownership may be a comforting thought after those bill hikes increased the average big six profit per household from £8 in 2009 to £105 now, leaving ever-larger numbers of people struggling – and in millions of cases failing – to heat their homes.
- 800,000 people ‘lifted’ out of fuel poverty – by redefining it
- Cameron accused of ‘smoke and mirrors’ on energy bills
- Profits at ‘Big Six’ energy companies have rocketed since the financial crisis began
- Energy bills have risen at eight times the rate of earnings in the last three years
- How Big Six energy firms conceal their profits
- Big Six energy firms face investor exodus over political interference in pricing
- Gas industry employee seconded to draft UK’s energy policy
- Labour’s energy price freeze triggers power cuts warning from Npower boss, who refuses to give up bonus as a ‘gimmick’
- Sir John Major calls for excess profit tax on Big Six energy firms
- Owen Jones: The bullies at the Big Six must be stood up to
- Big Energy vs. Small Business – SMEs Buckling Under the Pressure of Energy Hikes
- The other energy scandal – power giants use loophole to cut their own tax bills
- 340 MPs claim £200,000 on expenses for energy bills
A witness has told an inquest how Mark Duggan was clutching a mobile phone in his hand when he was shot dead by armed police.
The man, referred to as Witness B to protect his anonymity, told the inquest into the 29-year-old’s death how he saw Mr Duggan still holding the device as he collapsed after being shot by a police marksman stood ‘five to seven steps away’.
The witness said he used his own mobile to film the aftermath of the fatal shooting in August 2011, which sparked riots across London and other parts of Britain.
The UN’s senior counter-terrorism official is to launch an investigation into the surveillance powers of American and British intelligence agencies following Edward Snowden’s revelations that they are using secret programmes to store and analyse billions of emails, phone calls and text messages.
The UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC said his inquiry would also seek to establish whether the British parliament had been misled about the capabilities of Britain’s eavesdropping headquarters, GCHQ, and whether the current system of oversight and scrutiny was strong enough to meet United Nations standards.
The inquiry will make a series of recommendations to the UN general assembly next year.
In an article for the Guardian, Emmerson said Snowden had disclosed “issues at the very apex of public interest concerns”. He said the media had a duty and right to publish stories about the activities of GCHQ and its American counterpart the National Security Agency.
The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, and denied the paper had placed lives or national security at risk.
Under questioning by lawmakers on Parliament’s home affairs committee, Alan Rusbridger accused British authorities of trying to intimidate the newspaper, and warned of “national security being used as a trump card” to stifle debate.
[...] Rusbridger said the leak amounted to about 58,000 files, and the newspaper had published “about 1 percent” of the total.
“I would not expect us to be publishing a huge amount more,” he said.
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Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger appeared before a British parliamentary committee to answer questions on how the media organization had handled the publication of National Security Agency documents from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The invitation to appear before the committee seemed to be part of an escalation in attacks on the Guardian since it began to publish stories on NSA documents, especially the NSA’s partnership with the UK spy agency, GCHQ.
Chairman of the Home Affairs Commitee, Keith Vaz, who is a Labour Party member, asked Rusbridger if he had been compelled to appear before the committee, since that had been suggested by various groups. Rusbridger was not aware that it was “optional.”
Vaz pushed Rusbridger to detail the location of all the files, which journalists had them and how many files each journalist possessed. Rusbridger did not find it sensible to answer this question but he did acknowledge that files were sent to the New York Times.
Pressed to address claims by the heads of security services, such as MI5′s Andrew Parker, that the files had caused a risk to national security, Rusbridger said the problem with these allegations is that they are vague and do not reference specific stories the organization has published. He noted multiple officials: Norman Baker the Home Office minister, a member of the Senate intelligence committee who asked not to be named, a senior Obama administration official and a senior Whitehall official.” They had not accused The Guardian of causing any damage to national security.
The hearing suddenly seemed like a House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearing as Vaz actually asked Rusbridger if he loved his country.
The case of a woman whose baby daughter was forcibly removed from her womb by social services was described by human-rights groups on Sunday night as “the stuff of nightmares”. The Italian woman was sedated and her baby delivered against her will, after Essex social services obtained a court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”.
The case, described by the woman’s lawyers as “unprecedented”, has further highlighted the controversial decisions made by the Court of Protection, which authorised the forced removal of the baby, as well as the powers afforded to social workers.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was visiting Britain in July last year to attend a Ryanair training course at Stansted airport in Essex when she suffered a panic attack after failing to take medication for her bipolar disorder.
Despite the woman’s mother explaining her daughter’s condition to police over the telephone from Italy, she was taken to a psychiatric hospital and sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Five weeks later, her daughter was removed from her womb without her consent.
After struggling for a minute to answer the question on an LBC radio phone-in, Johnson also failed two questions from a quiz presented like an IQ test and refused to attempt to answer a third, saying: “No one said IQ is the only measure of ability”.
It was his first public appearance since he caused controversy by suggesting some people struggle to get on in life because of their low IQs, adding that the bigger cornflakes tended to end up at the top of the packet.
[...] Johnson sought to defend his speech last week that was interpreted by some as saying greed is a good motivator and needs to be encouraged.
“There is too much inequality,” he said. “My speech was actually a warning against letting inequality go unchecked.” He then said that “in last 20 years there has been a widening of income between rich and the poor”.
He added: “What hacks me off is people with ability have found it very difficult to progress in the last 20 years. The key thing I said is inequality is only tolerable in our society if you look after those who are finding it tough to compete and where people have ability they are allowed to get on.”
A powerful cross-party alliance including former Tory foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is calling for an urgent fightback against spiralling anti-European sentiment as a new four-nation poll suggests the UK could be heading out of the EU.
The landmark survey of more than 5,000 voters in the UK, Germany, France and Poland finds British people far more hostile to the EU and its policies than those in the other EU states, and strikingly low support for British membership among people on the continent.
At the same time, the total numbers of people in Germany and France who support giving Britain a special deal on membership to satisfy British opinion are heavily outnumbered by those who oppose doing so, which suggests that David Cameron may struggle to achieve his hoped-for tailor-made arrangement for the UK.
Testing cultural opinions, the poll finds very few British people choose to describe themselves as European. In other EU nations, enthusiasm for the concept of Europeanism is far higher.
A feisty, London-based news outlet with a print circulation just shy of 200,000 — albeit with a far bigger footprint online with readers in the many millions — the Guardian, along with The Washington Post, was the first to publish reports based on classified data spirited out of the United States by Snowden. In the months since, the Guardian has continued to make officials here exceedingly nervous by exposing the joint operations of U.S. and British intelligence — particularly their cooperation in data collection and snooping programs involving British citizens and close allies on the European continent.
In response, the Guardian is being called to account by British authorities for jeopardizing national security. The Guardian’s top editor, Alan Rusbridger, is being forced to appear before a parliamentary committee Tuesday to explain the news outlet’s actions. The move comes after British officials ordered the destruction of hard drives at the Guardian’s London headquarters, even as top ministers have taken to the airwaves to denounce the newspaper. Scotland Yard has also suggested it may be investigating the paper for possible breaches of British law.
The government treatment of the Guardian is highlighting the very different way Britons tend to view free speech, a liberty that here is seen through the prism of the public good and privacy laws as much as the right to open expression.
Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has launched his government’s independence blueprint, calling it a “mission statement” for the future.
The 670-page White Paper promised a “revolution” in social policy, with childcare at its heart.
The launch came ahead of next September’s independence referendum.
Alistair Darling, leader of the campaign to keep the Union, branded the document a “work of fiction, full of meaningless assertions”.
On 18 September, Scots voters will be asked the yes/no question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Launching the paper – titled Scotland’s Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland – in Glasgow, Mr Salmond said: “This is the most comprehensive blueprint for an independent country ever published, not just for Scotland but for any prospective independent nation.
“But more than that, it is a mission statement and a prospectus for the kind of country we should be and which this government believes we can be.
“Our vision is of an independent Scotland regaining its place as an equal member of the family of nations. However, we do not seek independence as an end in itself, but rather as a means to changing Scotland for the better.”
As well as making the case for independence, the White Paper also set out a series of policy pledges which the SNP said it would pursue if elected as the government of an independent Scotland.
In April 1957, five unmarked lorries left the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and drove to a Royal Navy base in Singapore with their cargo of files detailing the secrets of Britain’s rule in Malaya. Their destination was, in the words of one official, a “splendid incinerator”.
This “discreet” mission in the closing days of British rule over what became Malaysia was one of hundreds of similar operations. As the sun finally set on the Empire, diplomats scurried to repatriate or destroy hundreds of thousands “dirty” documents containing evidence that London had decided should never see the light of day. Some 50 years later, the sheer scale of the operation to hide the secrets of British rule overseas – including details of atrocities committed during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya – is revealed in documents released today by the National Archives in Kew, west London.
The so-called “migrated archive” details the extraordinary lengths to which the Colonial Office went to withhold information from its former subjects in at least 23 countries and territories in the 1950s and 1960s.
Among the documents is a memo from London that required all secret documents held abroad to be vetted by a Special Branch or MI5 liaison officer to ensure that any papers which might “embarrass” Britain or show “racial prejudice or religious bias” were destroyed or sent home.
The ramifications of the operation to conceal the resulting archive of 8,800 files – a closely guarded Whitehall secret until the Government recently lost high-profile court cases – are still being felt in compensation claims for victims of atrocities committed under British rule from Kenya to Malaya.
A copy of Tory Baroness Thatcher’s will shows she left a £4.7million estate to be shared among family members.
But the £12million Central London mansion where the Iron Lady spent the last years of her life is owned by an anonymous trust registered in the British Virgin Islands – a notorious tax haven.
Through this arrangement she could have avoided up to £5million in inheritance tax – the 40% that would have been due if it was owned by a UK individual.
In the will, made in 1997, Thatcher intended to leave £1million to husband Sir Denis, but he died in 2003 – 10 years before her. Instead, her estate is split between her family, with a third each going to her twins Mark and Carol, and the remaining third shared by her grandchildren when they reach 25.
Expert Richard Murphy, of Tax Research, said: “It has always been strange that Margaret Thatcher, that most British of prime ministers, enjoyed the benefits of a property registered in the British Virgin Islands.
“It is possible that Denis Thatcher set up the trust or other offshore arrangements in order to save tax.”
A group known as the Hooded Men have claimed that new evidence has emerged that proves the UK government subjected them to torture in Northern Ireland.
Fourteen men, arrested under the policy of internment in 1971, were taken to a secret location and subjected to what was called “deep interrogation”.
It has since been confirmed the secret location was Ballykelly Army base.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has consistently rejected allegations that it used torture.
It has also pointed out that it has “always fully co-operated” with statutory inquiries.
In 1978, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the men had been subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment, but not torture.
However, the 14 men and their lawyers have now said that documents, recently discovered in the public records office in London, could lead to that decision being reversed.
The How’s Life? report, published in November by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), found that 85% of British people claim they have more positive experiences in a normal day than negative ones. The average for all countries surveyed was 80%.
The report also highlights a strong sense of community in the UK, with 95% of those surveyed stating that they know someone they could rely on in time of need – higher than the OECD average of 90%.
The How’s Life? report is a biannual assessment of wellbeing in the 34 OECD countries and selected emerging economies. The report measures 11 aspects of wellbeing including jobs, health, education and overall satisfaction with life.
The report ranks the UK as above average in several areas including earnings, housing and environmental quality.
Ulster loyalists should reconsider holding a mass protest in central Belfast this Saturday because police resources are being dangerous stretched by republican dissidents, rank and file officers have warned.
Up to 10,000 loyalists along with about 40 marching bands are expected to march into Belfast city centre on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. They are staging a demonstration against the continued restrictions on the union flag flying over Belfast city hall.
The deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, claimed in the Stormont parliament on Tuesday that loyalist terror group the Ulster Volunteer Force was orchestrating the planned protest.
The Police Federation of Northern Ireland on Wednesday urged the loyalists to “reconsider their position” in the light of recent attacks by hardline republican groups, including an attempt to bomb one of Belfast’s biggest police stations earlier this week.
There have been 16 different bomb attacks by the new IRA and other groups opposed to the peace process in recent weeks across Northern Ireland.
After the Remembrance Day parade, I repaired to a central London boozer with fellow veterans to stew my brain in ale. Pinned to chests all around us were glinting banks of medals. A statistically improbable number of airborne maroon and commando green berets were on display. Groups of veterans bunched together, slurring war stories.
The soldierly clique is cultural. While trained to be aggressive we are also taught to be quiet, keeping dark deeds and informed opinions “in-house”. If spoken aloud our stories would make us appear mad and for some, leaving the heroic fantasy intact allows one to continue living at the centre of it. To break that tribal silence carries risks.
War fans say we have fought for freedom and democracy. Given this consensus one might think veterans are as entitled as anybody to contribute to the political discourse, as serving senior officers regularly do. Not so.
The American and British militaries clamped down on social media in mid-2000s – on the grounds of security, they claim. The Canadian military currently is trying to stop wounded veterans from criticising the military in public. There is only one hymn sheet in the military, and it is decided upon on high.
I was gagged by a military court in 2009. I had spilled no secrets. Rather I’d claimed Afghanistan occupation was an illegitimate, shambolic disaster. The keenest soldiers I know say the same, but I said it on television rather than in the regimental bar. I spent five months in a military jail over a banality. Others have faced similar or worse treatment.
Boris Johnson has launched a bold bid to claim the mantle of Margaret Thatcher by declaring that inequality is essential to fostering “the spirit of envy” and hailed greed as a “valuable spur to economic activity”.
In an attempt to shore up his support on the Tory right, as he positions himself as the natural successor to David Cameron, the London mayor called for the “Gordon Gekkos of London” to display their greed to promote economic growth.
Delivering the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture, Johnson also called for the return of a form of grammar schools.
He qualified his unabashed admiration for the “hedge fund kings” by saying they should do more to help poorer people who have suffered a real fall in income in recent years. But he moved to forge his own brand of Conservatism, which contrasts with the early modernising of the prime minister, by claiming that it was “futile” to try to end inequality.
In highly provocative remarks, Johnson mocked the 16% “of our species” with an IQ below 85 as he called for more to be done to help the 2% of the population who have an IQ above 130.
Mbeki alleged that the former British prime minister pressured him to join a “regime change scheme” as Zimbabwe plunged into a political and economic crisis in the early 2000s. But the claim was strongly denied by Blair’s office.
Both the UK as its former colonial power, and South Africa, its most powerful neighbour, have long played an intimate role in Zimbabwean affairs. But their leaders were divided on how to act when it descended into chaos following the violent seizures of white-owned farms. Blair, who had made a triumphant military intervention in Sierra Leone, was determined that Mugabe should step down whereas Mbeki was ready to accommodate him.
The dossier, compiled by the businessman Lawrence Tomlinson, entrepreneur in residence at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, alleges that the bank deliberately forced companies into default so that it could seize their properties.
Allegations contained within the report were considered so serious that Vince Cable, the business secretary, passed it to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). RBS has hired the law firm Clifford Chance to look into the claims.
Sir Andrew was commissioned by the bank alongside the management consultant Oliver Wyman. Initial findings and recommendations earlier this month raised concerns over “serious” allegations of poor treatment by firms in financial disress. Sir Andrew also said that RBS had failed to meet even the bank’s own lending targets or the expectations of its customers.
Goldman Sachs may have provided the Government with a “knockdown” valuation of the Royal Mail – losing the taxpayer more than £1bn when it was privatised last month, according to critics.
Yet the giant US investment bank has proved remarkable adept at deciding when to cash in shares in the historic institution on behalf of its clients.
A new analysis of Royal Mail’s official share register by The Independenthas found that Goldman Sachs offloaded around 4.5 million Royal Mail shares worth at least £25m between 31 October and 11 November – at the top of the market. The decision by the bank, which received millions of pounds from the Department of Business to price the Royal Mail at £3.30-a-share when it floated last month, would have made its clients up to £12m if the shares were sold at the £5.87 peak.
The American intelligence service – NSA – infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden and seen by this newspaper, prove this.
A management presentation dating from 2012 explains how the NSA collects information worldwide. In addition, the presentation shows that the intelligence service uses ‘Computer Network Exploitation’ (CNE) in more than 50,000 locations. CNE is the secret infiltration of computer systems achieved by installing malware, malicious software.
One example of this type of hacking was discovered in September 2013 at the Belgium telecom provider Belgacom. For a number of years the British intelligence service – GCHQ – has been installing this malicious software in the Belgacom network in order to tap their customers’ telephone and data traffic. The Belgacom network was infiltrated by GCHQ through a process of luring employees to a false Linkedin page.
Morrissey has given his public support of Russell Brand’s call to abstain from voting in rebellion against the ‘broken political system’.
The singer said he agreed with the comedian that “the most powerful vote you can give is No Vote”.
In a 2,000 word tirade ranging from the monarchy to Sarah Palin, the singer said: “Thank you to Russell Brand for standing up and speaking out in recent weeks.
“Like Russell, I believe that the most powerful vote you can give is No Vote; for the days of Prime Ministers have gone, and it’s time for a form of change that is far more meaningful than simply switching blue to red.”
In a typically impassioned rant that spared no member of the British establishment, Morrissey railed against David Cameron, Princess Anne, Pippa Middleton, PJ Harvey, Jamie Oliver, the Queen, David Beckham, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William.
Why do private-sector zealots choose to ignore the countless ways public money underpins daily life?
Clutch your mobile phone close to your bosom, stroke it tenderly, and praise the Fairy Godmother of Free Market Capitalism that you’re not walking around with an obscene brick stuck to your ear, a breadstick aerial reaching towards the heavens. “Imagine what telephones would look like if the public sector had been entrusted with designing and making them,” as an opinion piece in the Telegraph had it this week, reflecting views widely held on the Right. “The smartphone revolution would probably be at least another couple of decades away.”
One tiny little flaw with this dystopic piece of counter-factualism: er, the public sector was entrusted with doing just that. Economics professor Mariana Mazzucato’s The Entrepreneurial State shows how – to take just one example – the Apple iPhone brings together a dazzling array of state-funded innovations: like the touchscreen display, microelectronics, and the global positioning system.
The governing ideology of this country is that it is the entrepreneurial private sector that drives human progress. The state is a bureaucratic mess of red tape that just gets in the way. But free market capitalism is a con, a myth. The state is the very backbone of modern British capitalism.
Britain has a long tradition of a free, inquisitive press. That freedom, so essential to democratic accountability, is being challenged by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Unlike the United States, Britain has no constitutional guarantee of press freedom. Parliamentary committees and the police are now exploiting that lack of protection to harass, intimidate and possibly prosecute The Guardian newspaper for its publication of information based on National Security Agency documents that were leaked by Edward Snowden. The New York Times has published similar material, believing that the public has a clear interest in learning about and debating the N.S.A.’s out-of-control spying on private communications. That interest is shared by the British public as well.
In the United States, some members of Congress have begun pushing for stronger privacy protections against unwarranted snooping. British parliamentarians have largely ducked their duty to ask tough questions of British intelligence agencies, which closely collaborate with the N.S.A., and have gone after The Guardian instead.