The actions of the British government regarding The Guardian are an indication of the double standards applied by London in the sphere of human rights, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said.
"We note that the steps taken by the authorities of Great Britain with regard to the journalists of The Guardian contradict British declarations of its adherence to universal standards of human rights, including the freedom of the media, the rights of journalists and the protection of privacy," a commentary by Lukashevich circulated on Wednesday says.
"This is an additional indication of London's appalling practice of applying double standards in the sphere of human rights," the diplomat said.
"It is worth reiterating that according to human rights activists, the information disclosed by Edward Snowden is indicative of crude violations of international law that directly affected the rights of millions of people around the world," Lukashevich said.
In his opinion, "there is good sense in the British side's paying due attention to the growing number of signals sent by the international human rights community about the continuing tendency for violations of fundamental rights and liberties, including the freedom of the media, in Great Britain and its drawing corresponding conclusions instead of resorting to dubious methods in order to cover its tracks."
Media reports say that the British authorities demanded that the leadership of The Guardian destroy the newspaper's hard drives because they could contain information leaked by Snowden.
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