American and British spy agencies have worked to defeat most forms of Internet encryption, even going so far as to insert "back doors" into security products that allow them access to communications most would consider private.
That's the rattling news contained in stories published Thursday as a result of a collaboration, news of which BuzzFeed broke in late August
, between The New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica. The stories are reported out from documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Any such complicated collaboration on such an important story is going to generate intense interest: In what combination did the organizations share reporting, editing and source materials, for instance? The New York Times
ran what appears to be the same story, credited to the Times' Nicole Perlroth and Scott Shane and ProPublica's Jeff Larson.
The Guardian's story
is credited to James Ball, Julian Borger and Glenn Greenwald. Both stories say intelligence officials asked the news organizations not to publish the stories, and that they removed some facts but published anyway. ProPublica wrote a separate article about its decision to publish
. Did all three remove the same facts? How closely did the three operations cooperate?