Guardian uses the logic of Tax-avoiding companies.

Alan Rusbridger: “I explained to the man from Whitehall about the nature of international collaborations and the way in which, these days, media organisations could take advantage of the most permissive legal environments. Bluntly, we did not have to do our reporting from London. Already most of the NSA stories were being reported and edited out of New York. And had it occurred to him that Greenwald lived in Brazil?”

That’s fine and good, but you can’t then run articles decrying companies doing the same to avoid the demands of the state can you? After all technically a law could have been broken to gain the Snowden data, similarly Tax avoidance is a crime. Yet Rusbridger wants governments to crack down on tax avoidance but not on data theft (whether the data was gained legally or in an ethical manner is up for discussion).

After all most of the money in the world is just data.