The Guardian Enlists New York Times to Help Surface Snowden Docs

Points to 'climate of intense pressure from the UK government'

The Guardian has enlisted The New York Times to help it report on documents leaked by Edward Snowden that concern a UK government intelligence agency, the British-based news organization reported on Friday.

"In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a U.S. partner to work on the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) documents provided by Edward Snowden," The Guardian said in a statement. "We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories."

Representatives for the Times and The Guardian declined to comment further on the relationship.

The Guardian reported earlier this week on the UK government's attempts to obstruct its publication of surveillance stories, and the news org even revealed that it destroyed hard drives that housed copies of sensitive documents.

"It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach," The Guardian wrote in its story on Friday.

BuzzFeed's Ben Smith first broke the story of the partnership, revealing that Times reporter Scott Shane "is at work on a series of stories expected to be published next month jointly with The Guardian."

As Smith noted, Snowden has registered his hesitation at dealing with the mainstream press since the former NSA contractor has become a high-profile source. The Guardian reported that Snowden "is aware of the arrangement" with the Times.