Mr Rusbridger said dialogue with officials started around two months ago, before their 'mood toughened' around a month ago, when he claims he 'received a phone call from the centre of government telling me: 'You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back'.'
He revealed he held a series of meetings with 'shadowy Whitehall figures', in which he was asked to destroy all Edward Snowden related material.
Eventually, he said, officials threatened legal action, and that's when the editor allowed British agents into his basement.
By Rupert Cornwell 8th May 2014
As Obama aides refer darkly to ‘red lines’ rarely crossed before in decades of mutual eavesdropping, Rupert Cornwell investigates a diplomatic bust-up that reveals how even the closest relationships between allies have unspoken limits
5th February 2014
GCHQ disrupted "hacktivist" communications by using one of their own techniques against them, according to the latest Edward Snowden leaks.