Guardian investigations: how tech helps tackle big data … and big lawyers

There aren’t too many places to hide at the Guardian. The offices are open-plan and most of the meeting rooms have glass walls.

There is one room, however, that has a special status. In recent years, when we have been involved in big investigations, this is the place where reporters and editors have relocated for months on end.

Only certain people have been allowed in its general vicinity. For some reason, it gets too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. The curtains are drawn most of the time. And because it’s off limits to the cleaners, it can look like a landfill site, particularly in the run-up to a launch.

Our work on Snowden, the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers all began in this room, which is a muddle of

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