Alan Rusbridger is the Editor of The Guardian newspaper, which recently published articles by Glenn Greenwald and its own reporters about the National Security Agency, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. His new book, about playing the piano, is Play It Again: An Amateur Against the Impossible. (November 2013)

IN THE REVIEW

The Snowden Leaks and the Public

As the Snowden revelations proceeded it became apparent how reliant the security services actually are on the commercial services we all use—the Internet service providers, phone companies, and social networks—for help, both official and unofficial. Both in the US and in the UK the cloak of legal secrecy that surrounds this activity is such that no company dares come out openly and discuss its relations with the secret services. It is illegal to do so. For their part, governments on both sides of the Atlantic are terrified that commercial companies will “run for the hills” if consumers learn quite how accommodating they have been with their data.

A Chill on ‘The Guardian’

A newly opened Tesco supermarket in Beijing, January 2007
Among all the postmortems that will inevitably follow the dramatic implosion of the global financial system, there will doubtless be one on how it was covered in the press. Was there sufficient information in the public domain about the dangers of financial derivatives and subprime mortgages? Did news organizations, facing …