Only 1% of intelligence files leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden have been published by The Guardian newspaper, its editor told MPs today.
Appearing before the Home Affairs Select Committee, Alan Rusbridger said Mr Snowden, a former contractor with the National Security Agency (NSA) handed 58,000 files to four places - The Guardian, Washington Post, a location in Rio de Janeiro and a location in Germany.
Mr Rusbridger, 59, and The Guardian have faced criticism for publishing details of the activities of the UK's listening post GCHQ and its US counterpart the NSA.
But in a heated evidence session, Mr Rusbridger said he and his colleagues at The Guardian were "patriots" after he was asked by Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP if he "loved this country".
Asked by Mr Vaz if 1% of the files had been published, the editor replied: "That's approximately correct. We continue to publish stuff, it's about 1% of what we were given."
Asked where the remaining files were, he said: "This is an ongoing story we are writing. If you think it's sensible I talk about where the exact files are I can write to you. But I'm not sure that's really sensible to talk about the existence of other files in other bits of the world."
Dressed in a dark suit, blue shirt and tie, bespectacled Mr Rusbridger said there is one file The Guardian jointly holds with the New York Times, which is in New York.
He said the files were distributed across four continents to different organisations, and added: "That's the hand of cards we were all dealt - The Guardian, security services and governments."
Mr Vaz asked if the remaining 99% of files not published were in a secure place.
The editor replied: "I believe that to be true."