Partner of Snowden journalist held for hours at London's Heathrow
Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:41
Aug. 19 - David Miranda, the partner of the journalist with close ties to NSA leaker Edward Snowden was held for hours by British authorities while passing through London's Heathrow airport. British authorities say he was held under their anti-terrorism laws. Linda So reports.
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After being detained by British authorities at London's Heathrow airport, David Miranda, the partner of the journalist with close ties to Edward Snowden finally arrived home to Brazil.
Miranda was detained under anti-terrorism powers and questioned for nine hours before he was released without charge. His partner, Glenn Greenwald, says British authorities seized his laptop, cell phone, and USB sticks.
SOUNDBITE: DAVID MIRANDA
"I stayed in a room with six different agents that were entering and exiting. They spoke to me, asking me questions about my whole life. They took my computer, my video game, cell phone, everything."
Greenwald, the journalist for the Guardian newspaper, broke the story on Snowden, using classified documents given to him to reveal details of the NSA's secret surveillance program. Greenwald says he will not back down.
SOUNDBITE: GLENN GREENWALD
"I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England too. I have many documents on England's spy system."
The White House says it had nothing to do with the detainment. But British authorities did give the U.S. a heads up before detaining Miranda.
Press Secretary Josh Earnest:
SOUNDBITE: DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST
"There was a heads up provided by the British government. So this is something that we had an indication was likely to occur but it's not something we requested."
Snowden remains in Russia where he was granted temporary asylum. He faces a number of charges in the U.S. including espionage.
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