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Government sues Guardian over cruise missile leak

The Guardian, December 15 1983

The Secretary of State for Defence and the Attorney General yesterday sued the Guardian for the return of a secret document as part of their attempt to discover the identity of the person who leaked it to the newspaper in October.
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Guardian editor hands over secret memo

The Guardian, December 17 1983

The editor of the Guardian, Mr Peter Preston, yesterday handed over a secret Ministry of Defence document after a two-day legal battle ended with an emphatic order from the Appeal Court that the person who leaked it to the newspaper in October had to be traced as an urgent matter of national security.
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Courts rule against Guardian, order return of secret memo

The Guardian, December 17 1983

The Master of the Rolls and two Lords of Appeal yesterday ordered the Guardian to return a leaked secret document to the Ministry of Defence and refused to allow the newspaper to keep it pending an appeal to the House of Lords.
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Slippery slope which led the Guardian to court failure

The Guardian, December 17 1983

The events which led to yesterday's ruling in the Appeal Court began on October 20 when the Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Michael Heseitine, sent a memo to the Prime Minister discussing publicity surrounding the imminent arrival of cruise missiles at RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire.
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