After 20 years at the helm of arguably the world's greatest newspaper, Alan Rusbridger has stepped down with a thoughtful, grateful, eloquent farewell to "the readers...the real carriers of the flame." Encompassing the historic upheaval from print to digital news, he reflects on covering often-pivotal stories of the day - from the Libel Years to Wikileaks to Snowden - while sustaining the paper as "a place of sanctuary for free thought and writing."
As much as I would like to commend The Guardian and Rusbridger for support of Snowden, Rusbridger must have been at the helm when The Guardian supported the US/UK-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 (http://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/jan/19/leaders.politics ). Also, let’s keep in mind that The Guardian started out as the Manchester Guardian with a conservative bent. It didn’t support Abe Lincoln, back in the day, and it didn’t really support Labor.