Partner of NSA leaks journalist held for 9 hours
By James Pheby, AFPLONDON -- The partner of the Guardian journalist who worked with Edward Snowden to expose U.S. surveillance tactics was detained for almost nine hours Sunday under British anti-terror legislation.
August 20, 2013, 1:49 pm TWN
Metropolitan Police confirmed that David Miranda, husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held up as he passed through London's Heathrow Airport on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.
“A 28-year-old man was detained at Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000,” said a police spokesman.
“He was not arrested. He was subsequently released,” he added.
The Brazilian government said it had objected to the detention of one of its citizens and expressed “grave concern” about steps taken by the British authorities that led to Miranda being “held incommunicado” at the airport.
A statement from the foreign ministry in Brasilia said its embassy in London contacted British officials prior to Miranda's release and that Brazil would also be seeking an explanation from U.S. officials about the incident.
“This measure is without justification since it involves an individual against whom there are no charges that can justify the use of that legislation,” added the statement.
The ministry added that it expected there would be no repeat of the incident.
Greenwald analyzed and published information on documents released by former U.S. security operative Snowden, which revealed mass surveillance programs by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).
Some of Miranda's electronic equipment including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles was confiscated, according to the Guardian.
“We were dismayed that the partner of a Guardian journalist who has been writing about the security services was detained for nearly nine hours while passing through Heathrow airport,” said a spokesman for the paper.
“We are urgently seeking clarification from the British authorities.”
Greenwald later wrote an article on the Guardian website in which he said he had received an early morning phone call regarding Miranda from someone identifying themselves as a security official at Heathrow.