Guardian editor to face MPs

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has been called to face the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about his newspaper's publications of Edward Snowden's leaked surveillance documents.

Guardian editor to face MPs over Snowden leaks

Alan Rusbridger defended his handling of the Snowden leaks in a letter sent to a group of Conservative MPs. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger will appear before MPs next month to answer claims his publication of Edward Snowden's security leaks has threatened national security.

His calling to the Home Affairs Select Committee comes after the head of MI6 told a separate House of Commons body the release of the US surveillance disclosures had put "operations at risk".

A Guardian spokesperson confirmed: "Alan has been invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee and looks forward to appearing next month."

Read: Tory MPs write to Guardian editor over 'security threat' of leaks

Tory MPs write to Guardian editor over spying coverage

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has been criticised by some Conservative MPs. Credit: PA

Two Conservative MPs have written to the editor of the Guardian to urge him to "acknowledge the devastating assessment" by Britain's spymasters of the damage caused by the publication of leaks by the former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden.

Tories Julian Smith and Stephen Phillips called on Alan Rusbridger to clarify whether he had "acted on every security concern raised by Government" over news stories.

They wrote that Rusbridger "fails to acknowledge the devastating assessment of the damage done to the national security of the United Kingdom by The Guardian's reporting of the Snowden leaks."

Yesterday MI6 chief Sir John Sawers said the Edward Snowden's leaks "have been damaging and put operations at risk."

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