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.
Mr. Miranda, Mr. Greenwald said, was told that he was being detained under Section 7 of the British Terrorism Act, which allows the authorities to detain someone for up to nine hours for questioning and to conduct a search of personal items, often without a lawyer to determine possible ties to terrorism. [...]
The British authorities seized all of his electronic media — including video games, DVDs, and data storage devices — and have not returned them, Mr. Greenwald said. Mr. Miranda was scheduled to board a return flight later on Sunday.
This fucked-up Britain is sucking Uncle Sam’s dick.
UPDATES: The story in The Guardian; the reaction of Glenn Greenwald: detaining my partner was a failed attempt at intimidation; David Miranda, schedule 7 and the danger that all reporters now face; Guardian says Britain forced it to destroy Snowden material; U.K. government thought destroying Guardian hard drives would stop Snowden stories; David Miranda’s lawyers threaten legal action over ‘unlawful’ detention; Downing St. involved in ‘Snowden materials’ destruction order:
To clarify: David Miranda is taking legal action against Home Office. Guardian “supportive” but not leading on it.
— Danny Shaw (@DannyShawBBC) August 20, 2013