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Snowden Writer's Partner Begins Legal Action Over UK Detention

Source: Reuters

Snowden writer's partner begins legal action over UK detention

LONDON | Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:36am EDT

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.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE97J0FX20130820

"One US security official told Reuters that one of the main purposes of the British government's..."

"detention and questioning of Miranda was to send a message to recipients of Snowden's materials, including the Guardian, that the British government was serious about trying to shut down the leaks."



Britain Forced Guardian to Destroy Copy of Snowden Material

Source: Reuters

Britain forced Guardian to destroy copy of Snowden material

WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:54pm EDT

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The editor of the Guardian, a major outlet for revelations based on leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, says the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them back to British authorities.

In an article posted on the British newspaper's website on Monday, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger said that a month ago, after the newspaper had published several stories based on Snowden's material, a British official advised him: "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back."

After further talks with the government, Rusbridger said, two "security experts" from Government Communications Headquarters, the British equivalent of the ultra-secretive U.S. National Security Agency, visited the Guardian's London offices.

In the building's basement, Rusbridger wrote, government officials watched as computers which contained material provided by Snowden were physically pulverized. "We can call off the black helicopters," Rusbridger says one of the officials joked.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE97I10E20130819

Breaking: British Officials Gave U.S. "Heads Up" About Decision to Detain Glenn Greenwald's Partner

Source: Reuters / Guardian

@Reuters: British officials gave U.S. the "heads up" about decision to detain Glenn Greenwald's partner: White House #breaking

@BreakingNews: RT @breakingpol: White House: British officials gave US a 'heads up' on the David Miranda detention - @markfelsenthal http://t.co/zsBuxhQ3wk

Brits gave US the heads up on the Miranda detention, WH spox Earnest tells reporters at briefing

1:38pm - 19 Aug 13

Here's what we know after that White House press briefing:

• The US was given a "heads up" before David Miranda, partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained in London. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed on Monday that the UK alerted the US government that they would hold Miranda before he arrived at London's Heathrow airport.

• The White House said it did not give the order for Miranda to be detained, but nevertheless was kept aware of developments. "We had an indication it was likely to occur but it's not something we requested," Earnest said. Pressed on when the US was told Miranda would be held, he added: "It probably wouldn't be a heads up if they had told us about it after the detainment." Earnest said it would be "accurate" to interpret this to mean the US was told Miranda would be detained when his name appeared on the manifest.

• Earnest would not deny that the US had obtained access to Miranda's electronic material. Several items, including laptops, were seized at Heathrow. Asked by a reporter to "rule out that the US has obtained this material", Earnest said: "I'm not in a position to do that right now."

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/2013/aug/19/glenn-greenwald-partner-detained-live-reaction


White House Won’t Condemn Detention Of Glenn Greenwald’s Partner

White House says the U.S. government got a "heads up" that detention was going to happen

By Zeke J Miller @zekejmillerAug. 19, 20130
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Elements of the United States government were given a “heads up” before the British government detained David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of Glenn Greenwald, for nine hours over the weekend, White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. He also declined to condemn the action.

“There was a heads up that was provided by the British government,” he told reporters in the midst of a spirited exchange with reporters. “So this — again, this is something that we had an indication was likely to occur, but it’s not something that we requested. And it’s something that was done specifically by the British law enforcement officials there.”

Earnest said there were “classified, confidential conversations” around the detention, but would not state whether the U.S. government expressed displeasure with the action. He would not say why the British informed the American government before the detention.

Miranda was detained for nine hours under that country’s Terrorism Act while transiting through Heathrow Airport, and had a range of electronic devices confiscated. He was travelling home from Germany, where he had stayed for a time with Laura Poitras, an American documentary filmmaker who has worked with Greenwald on stories about the National Security Agency. Greenwald is the author of a series of articles about the United States’ intelligence efforts at home and abroad based on information given to him by admitted Edward Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence contractor.


White House: We weren't involved in detaining Greenwald's partner

By Justin Sink - 08/19/13 01:31 PM ET

The White House said Monday that it was not involved in the British government’s decision to detain the partner of Glenn Greenwald at Heathrow Airport over the weekend.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the detainment of David Miranda, who lives with Greenwald in Brazil, was “a law enforcement action that was taken by the British government.”

“The United States was not involved in that decision or that action,” said Earnest, who acknowledged the British government did inform the United States that the detention was likely to occur.
"There was a heads up that was provided by the British government,"

Al Qaeda Planning Attacks on High-Speed Trains in Europe: Newspaper

Source: Reuters

Al Qaeda planning attacks on high-speed trains in Europe: newspaper

Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:13am EDT

BERLIN (Reuters) - Al Qaeda is planning attacks on high-speed trains in Europe and the authorities in Germany have stepped up security on the country's rail system, a German newspaper reported on Monday.

The information about the planned attacks came from the United States' National Security Agency (NSA), which apparently intercepted a call between senior al Qaeda members several weeks ago, the mass-circulation daily said.

But the German Interior Ministry said it regularly received information about such threats and was not planning to increase overall security.

"It is known that Germany, along with other Western states, is a target for jihadist terrorists so we always assess warnings on a case-by-case basis but we already have a high level of protective measures and we do not plan to step these up at the moment," spokesman Jens Teschke said at a routine government news conference.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE97I0IN20130819

UK Lawmaker(s) to Ask Police to Explain Detention

Source: Associated Press


— Aug. 19 8:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker on Monday called for police to explain why the partner of a journalist who received classified information from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was detained for nearly nine hours at Heathrow Airport.

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said that he wants to know why police stopped David Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. Miranda was held for nearly the maximum time authorities are allowed to detain individuals under the Terrorism Act's Schedule 7, which authorizes security agencies to stop and question people at borders.

Miranda's cellphone, laptops and memory sticks were confiscated, Greenwald said.

"What needs to happen pretty rapidly is we need to establish the full facts," Vaz told the BBC. "Now you have a complaint from Mr. Greenwald and the Brazilian government — they indeed have said they are concerned at the use of terrorism legislation for something that does not appear to relate to terrorism — so it needs to be clarified, and clarified quickly."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/uk-lawmaker-ask-police-explain-detention


Use of UK terror law to detain reporter's partner causes dismay

By Estelle Shirbon
LONDON | Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:31am EDT

LONDON (Reuters) - British authorities came under pressure on Monday to explain why anti-terrorism powers were used to detain for nine hours the partner of a journalist who has written articles about U.S. and British espionage programs based on leaks from Edward Snowden.

Brazilian David Miranda, the partner of American journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained on Sunday at London's Heathrow Airport where he was in transit on his way from Berlin to Rio de Janeiro. He was released without charge.

Miranda was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows police to stop and question people travelling through ports and airports to determine whether they are involved in planning terrorist acts.

The opposition Labor Party urged the authorities to explain how they could justify using Schedule 7 to detain Miranda, arguing any suggestion that anti-terrorism powers had been misused could undermine public support for those powers.

"This has caused considerable consternation and swift answers are needed," said Labor lawmaker Yvette Cooper, the party's spokeswoman on interior affairs, in a statement.

'It is for the police to decide when it is necessary and proportionate to use these powers.'

"Scotland Yard refused to be drawn (out) on why Miranda was stopped using powers that enable police officers to stop and question travelers at U.K. ports and airports." The BBC reports that "a Home Office spokesman said on Monday: 'Schedule 7 forms an essential part of the U.K.'s security arrangements — it is for the police to decide when it is necessary and proportionate to use these powers.'"


Kevin Drum at Mother Jones: Detention of Greenwald Partner Miranda 'Stupid'


British Security Authorities Detain Glenn Greenwald's Partner for 9 Hours at Heathrow Airport

By Kevin Drum on Sun. August 18, 2013 2:43 PM PDT

Earlier today British security officials at Heathrow Airport detained Glenn Greenwald's partner, a Brazilian citizen, under the authority of schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000. David Miranda was transiting through Heathrow on his way home after a trip to Berlin, where he had visited Laura Poitras, Greenwald's partner in exposing the NSA's surveillance programs. British authorities ended up holding Miranda for nine hours, the maximum allowed, and then confiscated his cell phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs, and game console before finally releasing him.

This is more than just shocking. It's stupid. Criminally, insanely stupid. I can hardly think of a better way of convincing skeptics that security authorities can't be trusted with the power we've given them.

British citizens want to know if any government ministers were involved in this. As an American citizen, I'd like to know if any American officials were involved in this.

Report: Former Egyptian Pres. Mubarak Expected to be Freed This Week, After Prosecutor Clears Him

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: Report: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak expected to be freed this week, after prosecutor clears him, his lawyer says - @Reuters

Lawyer expects Egypt's Mubarak to be freed this week

Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:32am EDT

CAIRO (Reuters) - Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president overthrown in an uprising in 2011, will be released from jail in the next 48 hours after a prosecutor cleared him in a corruption case, his lawyer Fareed El-Deeb told Reuters on Monday.

He was speaking after judicial authorities ordered Mubarak released in one of the remaining corruption cases against him.

The only legal grounds for Mubarak's continued detention rest on another corruption case which will be cleared up later this week, Deeb said.

"All we have left is a simple administrative procedure that should take no more than 48 hours. He should be freed by the end of the week," Deeb said.

Mubarak, 85, still faces a retrial on charges of complicity in the murder of protesters during the 2011 revolt.

(Reporting by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Tom Perry)

Read more: http://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCABRE97I0BO20130819

Glenn Greenwald: "Detaining My Partner: A Failed Attempt at Intimidation"


Sunday 18 August 2013 14.44 EDT

Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation

The detention of my partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended

Glenn Greenwald

At 6:30 am this morning my time - 5:30 am on the East Coast of the US - I received a telephone call from someone who identified himself as a "security official at Heathrow airport." He told me that my partner, David Miranda, had been "detained" at the London airport "under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000."

- snip -

I immediately contacted the Guardian, which sent lawyers to the airport, as well various Brazilian officials I know. Within the hour, several senior Brazilian officials were engaged and expressing indignation over what was being done. The Guardian has the full story here.

Despite all that, five more hours went by and neither the Guardian's lawyers nor Brazilian officials, including the Ambassador to the UK in London, were able to obtain any information about David. We spent most of that time contemplating the charges he would likely face once the 9-hour period elapsed.

- snip -

The stated purpose of this law, as the name suggests, is to question people about terrorism. The detention power, claims the UK government, is used "to determine whether that person is or has been involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism."

- snip -

Worse, they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day - as every hour passed - worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ.

Before letting him go, they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consuls, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.

This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It's bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It's worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. 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.

If the UK and US governments believe that tactics like this are going to deter or intimidate us in any way from continuing to report aggressively on what these documents reveal, they are beyond deluded. If anything, it will have only the opposite effect: to embolden us even further. Beyond that, every time the US and UK governments show their true character to the world - when they prevent the Bolivian President's plane from flying safely home, when they threaten journalists with prosecution, when they engage in behavior like what they did today - all they do is helpfully underscore why it's so dangerous to allow them to exercise vast, unchecked spying power in the dark.


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