In July 2013, U.K. newspaper the Guardian was ordered to destroy computers storing top-secret information that had been leaked by Edward Snowden. The command followed weeks of charged negotiations between the Guardian and the British government, and the duties were carried out under observation of government officials.
As the above video shows, the government was taking no chances with this equipment. Mere erasing certainly would not suffice, so angle grinders and drills were brought in, and the resulting carnage was fed into a degausser to ensure complete data destruction. Overkill? Perhaps. But from the Guardian's point of view, the government's intent was not just to destroy the data, but to send a message to the press. Consider this message received.
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