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The plot of A New Hope revolves around the Death Star technical plans, which Princess Leia gives to R2-D2.

How did she and the rebels get hold of the plans?

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I heard that 3C-PO did some things for some guys behind a convenience store. He also snagged some wine coolers. –  Kevin Howell May 18 '12 at 21:51
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You laugh, but many Bothans died to bring C-3PO those wine coolers. –  Tacroy May 18 '12 at 22:00

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It's been explained a few times; among others, the first mission in the original Dark Forces was to steal the Death Star plans, however this entry on Wookiepedia ties them all together.

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The Star Wars radio dramatization tells the story well. –  William Jackson May 19 '12 at 17:29
    
I haven't accepted this answer because it is not much more than a link to Wookipedia. Would you add a brief summary? –  Wikis Jun 4 '12 at 13:26
    
@Wikis general reference? :P –  naxa Jul 7 '12 at 9:03

In the X-Wing video game series, you get to participate in several parts of Operation Skyhook, participating in several missions to gather data, cover the theft of the plans and help get the plans to Princess Leia aboard the Tantive IV.

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In the spoof comic Tag and Bink Mon Mothma's lover is a man (if I recall correctly) named Manny Both Hands. He was a spy who stole the plans in a single handed act of espionage. However Tag and Bink accidentally cause his untimely demise.

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'Manny Both Hands died to bring us this information...' –  PhilPursglove May 20 '12 at 12:07
    
Thank you for the correction! @PhilPursglove –  skids89 May 22 '12 at 17:59

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