The New York Times ignored a request from the U.K. government to destroy documents provided by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Reuters reports.
“The British request, made to Times executive editor Jill Absramson by a senior official at the British Embassy in Washington D.C., was greeted by Abramson with silence, according to the sources,” reports Reuters.
“British officials indicated they intended to follow up on their request later with the Times, but never did,” sources told Reuters.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger revealed on Aug. 18 that the U.K. government sent officials to destroy hard drives that contained the files provided by Snowden.
Rusbridger’s revelation came in response to U.K. police detaining David Miranda, the spouse of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, at London’s Heathrow Aiport that same day.