Tom Harper defending his journalism on CNN

Last weekend, an article by Tom Harper, Richard Kerbaj and Tim Shipman in the Sunday Times alleged that files leaked by Edward Snowden had been decrypted by the Russians and Chinese, endangering the lives of Mi6 agents in those countries.

When asked to back up his claims in an interview with George Howell on CNN, Harper basically admitted that there was no evidence to support any of the claims they had made, and that they were simply reporting what they had been told by the British government.

But if this is the government’s official position, then why did they need to use “anonymous sources”? Why aren’t there any ministers queuing up to validate the claims made in this article?

Here’s the original CNN interview. I’ve put together an executive summary, which you can watch here:

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