Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times
, has mounted a defence of the ability of journalists at her own paper and at the Guardian
to publish public interest stories based on the thousands of secret intelligence files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
"I think the issue is that what the Guardian
has published, and they have published far more material than we have, that those articles are very much in the public interest and inform the public," she said during an appearance on the BBC's Newsnight.