a national newspaper, which recorded the data
Yes I know the information should not have been lost, but is "recording" it legal? Noting its contents, maybe, but recording it? What if it was personal data? Presumably there is case law on this.
And I don't like the idea of viewing it first at a library. Do library PCs have open, functional USB ports? Was the finder worried that there might be malware on it? (And did a qualified security bod sanitise the library PC afterwards?)