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Who should judge whether Snowden's leaked secrets are too sensitive to report?

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The Guardian's critics say journalists cannot be trusted to judge what may damage national security. But our track record shows us to be more trustworthy than politicians or spooks‘We caused plenty of political embarrassment by revealing some of Snowden's leaks, but without jeopardising any nation’s security.’ Photograph: AFP/Getty ImagesIn the last few days, two national newspapers – the Times and the Mail – have suggested that the Guardian has been wrong to publish material leaked by Edward Snowden on the specific grounds that journalists cannot be trusted to judge what may damage national security.Ignore for a moment the vexing sight of journalists denouncing their own worth. Set aside too the question of why rival newspapers might want to attack the Guardian's exclusives. Follow the argument. Who should make the judgment?The official answer is that we should trust the security agencies themselves. Over the past 35 years, I've worked with a clutch of whistleblowers from those agencies, and they've all shared one underlying theme – that behind the screen of official secrecy, they had seen rules being bent and/or broken in a way which

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14 Oct
Smári McCarthy @smarimc
The problem with this excellent article by @Bynickdavies is that the people it's criticizing won't understand it. http://t.co/gy1iGE5Ngy
14 Oct
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
Who should judge whether Snowden's leaked secrets are too sensitive to report? - http://t.co/4zQB7ivSWm argues government poor judge