Glenn Greenwald’s Partner Detained at Heathrow Airport, Massive Freak Out Ensues
Now why would the UK detain someone who lives with Glenn Greenwald, who’s been leaking top secret UK documents? Wow. That’s a real head-scratcher.
The real question is how Greenwald and his partner could have been so out of touch with reality that they didn’t expect something like this to happen, when David Miranda was returning from a visit with Greenwald’s collaborator, Laura Poitras. And Greenwald has stated openly that his partner was given copies of the documents stolen by Edward Snowden.
While in Berlin, Miranda had visited Laura Poitras, the US film-maker who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and the Guardian.
Glenn is totally losing it over this, of course.
“This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process,” said Greenwald. “To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere.
“But the last thing it will do is intimidate or deter us in any way from doing our job as journalists. Quite the contrary: it will only embolden us more to continue to report aggressively.”
This is shaping up to be an emoprog outrage of epic proportions — and just in time to distract attention away from the interview in which Julian Assange came out as a supporter of the US extreme right wing.
Glenn Greenwald turns in another thousand words, and says the UK government is worse than the Mafia: Detaining My Partner: A Failed Attempt at Intimidation.
Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they feel threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
It isn’t mentioned in any of the articles at The Guardian, oddly enough, but the New York Times reports that The Guardian paid for Greenwald’s partner’s trip: Britain Detains Partner of Reporter Tied to Leaks
WASHINGTON — The partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist for The Guardian who has been publishing information leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden, was detained for nine hours by the British authorities under a counterterrorism law while on a stop in London’s Heathrow Airport during a trip from Germany to Brazil, Mr. Greenwald said Sunday.
Mr. Greenwald’s partner, David Michael Miranda, 28, is a citizen of Brazil. He had spent the previous week visiting Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker who has also been helping to disseminate Mr. Snowden’s leaks, in Berlin, to assist Mr. Greenwald. The trip had been paid for by The Guardian, Mr. Greenwald said, and Mr. Miranda was on his way home to Rio de Janeiro, where they live.
The Guardian has now added a line to their article that they paid for Greenwald’s partner’s trip, without noting that it’s an addition.