Partner of Snowden reporter Greenwald begins legal action over UK detention

LONDON Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:04am EDT

David Miranda (2nd L), partner of U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald (L), speaks to the media at Rio de Janeiro's International Airport August 19, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

David Miranda (2nd L), partner of U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald (L), speaks to the media at Rio de Janeiro's International Airport August 19, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - David Miranda, the partner of a journalist who has written reports based on leaks by Edward Snowden, has begun legal action to stop the British authorities inspecting data they seized from him, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

Miranda's lawyer Gwendolen Morgan said her client was seeking a judicial review of the legal basis for his detention at London's Heathrow airport on Sunday under anti-terrorism laws and wanted assurances from the authorities that property seized from him would not be examined before this.

"We've sought undertakings that there will be no inspection, copying, disclosure, transfer or interference in any other way with our client's data pending determination of his judicial review," Morgan told Reuters.

"We're waiting to hear back this afternoon from both the defendants. Failing that we will be left with no option but to issue urgent proceedings in the High Court tomorrow."

She said the "letter before action" had been sent to London's police chief and the Home Secretary. It also demanded that they detail whether Miranda's data had already been passed on to anyone else, and if so, who that was and why.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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Comments (10)
haggler wrote:
Too late. The NSA had it 15 minutes after it was seized at Heathrow. Next case.

Aug 20, 2013 9:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
haggler wrote:
Too late. The NSA had it 15 minutes after it was seized at Heathrow. Next case.

Aug 20, 2013 9:40am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:
Glenn Greenwald is a hack, first and foremost. He fills that niche of ‘US citizen w half a brain who is oppotunistically and vehemently anti-US whenever possible.’

Moreover, he uses David Miranda as a mule for potentially sensitive information, setting up a scenario where authorities feel there is probable cause to search or seize him, thus giving Greenwald the opportunity to puke out yet more vitriolic anti-US sentiment.

He is a 21st century yellow muckraking journalist. Disgusting.

Aug 20, 2013 10:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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