POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY – IS THE LAW FOR NEWSPAPERS DIFFERENT ?

The Guardian newspaper published material that Mr. Edward Snowden had stolen from his employer, in the full knowledge that the material had been stolen. Under US and UK law the possession of stolen property, albeit intellectual, is a criminal offence; knowing this, the question arises about the relationship of  prosecutors, police and politicians to the press and to why the Guardian was not charged with possession of stolen  property? Are politicians afraid of future bad press? Why has the Guardian never been charged with possession of stolen property?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451540/David-Cameron-backs-spy-chiefs-attack-Guardian-BBC-buries-criticism-Left-wing-paper.html

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