9 Important Moments From Alan Rusbridger's Terrorism Evidence To Parliament
The Home Affairs Select Committee had a lot of questions for the man behind The Guardian's coverage of the NSA security leaks.
Yesterday, Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, was called to give evidence to MPs about its extensive coverage of the NSA Files leaks.
Edward Snowden, the rogue intelligence expert, leaked information from the US National Security Agency to The Guardian, among others.
This revealed mass surveillance carried out by both the the NSA and the UK's GCHQ listening service - effectively spying on citizens' private data, including criminals and non-suspects too, with secret policies in place to obtain the kind of information that normally requires a police warrant.
This prompted a full-blown diplomatic row between several countries and the US, and President Obama called for a full review into the NSA's activities.
1. But some MPs think the paper has been irresponsible in its reporting, accusing it of endangering national security and individual agents in the secret service at home and abroad.
2. Committee chairman, Labour's Keith Vaz, wasted no time in questioning Rusbridger's patriotism.
3. But Rusbridger loves his country, he says.
4. Then came a bizarre string of questions from Tory MP Michael Ellis, a former barrister.
5. Counter-terrorism professionals love Disney.
7. There were many questions asking where the boundary is drawn between public service journalism information that could hinder counter-terrorism efforts.
8. Rusbridger compared the situation to the Spycatcher case from the 1980s, where MPs tried to suppress a book that was freely available in Australia.
9. Meanwhile, there could be arrests following the detention of David Miranda, the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Later in the same hearing, Cressida Dick, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said that "some people" could face arrest following the seizure of data held by Miranda at Heathrow airport in August under the Terrorism Act.
Miranda was en route from Germany to Brazil and is thought to have been carrying secret documents.