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David Miranda: ‘They Said I Would Be Put in Jail if I Didn’t Co-Operate’ (The Guardian)
David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power” for interrogating him for almost nine hours at Heathrow Airport under the Terrorism Act. In his first interview since returning to his home in Rio de Janeiro early on Monday, Miranda said the authorities in the UK had pandered to the US in trying to intimidate him and force him to reveal the passwords to his computer and mobile phone. “They were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn’t co-operate,” said Miranda. CJR / Behind The News Police confiscated his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles. They did not arrest or charge him of any crime nor have they returned Miranda’s possessions, according to The Guardian. BBC In Germany, Miranda had been staying with US filmmaker Laura Poitras, who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and The Guardian, according to the newspaper. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Alan Rusbridger: “In this work Greenwald is regularly helped by Miranda. Miranda is not a journalist, but he still plays a valuable role in helping his partner do his journalistic work. Greenwald has his plate full reading and analyzing the Snowden material, writing, and handling media and social media requests from around the world. He can certainly use this back-up.” Politico / Politico 44 The United States was not involved in the detention of Miranda but was told it was likely that the Brazilian citizen would be stopped at London’s Heathrow Airport, the White House said Monday. “This is a decision that they made on their own and not at the request of the United States,” White House principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said. Earnest did, though, say that British officials had let their American counterparts know that Miranda’s detainment was likely. HuffPost Miranda is taking legal action against the British government over his nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport Sunday. The Guardian said it was “supportive” of the move but was not leading it. Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, told the BBC that there would also be a legal challenge about whether or not British police were entitled to seize Miranda’s possessions.

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Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Detained at Heathrow Airport for Nine Hours (The Guardian)
The partner of the Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programs by the US National Security Agency was held for almost nine hours on Sunday by UK authorities as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. David Miranda, who lives with Glenn Greenwald, was returning from a trip to Berlin when he was stopped by officers at 8:05 a.m. and informed that he was to be questioned under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The controversial law, which applies only at airports, ports and border areas, allows officers to stop, search, question and detain individuals. The Guardian / Comment Is Free Greenwald: “This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ. Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.” NYT The Guardian had paid for the trip, Greenwald said, and Miranda was on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. London’s Metropolitan Police Service, which had jurisdiction over the case, said in a statement that Miranda had been lawfully detained under the Terrorism Act and later released, without going into detail. Amnesty International “It is utterly improbable that David Michael Miranda, a Brazilian national transiting through London, was detained at random, given the role his husband has played in revealing the truth about the unlawful nature of NSA surveillance,” said Widney Brown, senior director of international law and policy at Amnesty International. AndrewSullivan.com My obvious question is: What could possibly lead the British security services to suspect Miranda of such ties to terror groups? I have seen nothing anywhere that could even connect his spouse to such nefarious contacts. Unless Greenwald is some kind of super-al-Qaeda mole, he has none to my knowledge and to suspect him of any is so close to unreasonable it qualifies as absurd.

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