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Snowden files damaged national security: Britain PM


Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to members of the Cabinet before a Cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street, central London October 15, 2013. Photo - John Stillwell/Pool/Reuters

London: Britain's national security was damaged by the Guardian newspaper's publication of intelligence documents supplied by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

"The plain fact is that what has happened has damaged national security," Cameron told parliament. "In many ways, the Guardian themselves admitted that when they agreed, when asked politely by my national security advisor and cabinet secretary, to destroy the files they had."

Meanwhile, Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who covered data leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, has announced he is leaving Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Greenwald said he was departing to take up a "dream" opportunity.

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