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David Miranda Granted a Limited Injunction at High Court

Source: ITV

@NewsBreaker: NEW: David Miranda, partner of @ggreenwald, given limited injunction to stop UK govt from examining data seized during det.

@Reuters: Britain can look at data from Snowden reporter's partner, court says http://t.co/s2EBSaYLWb

David Miranda granted a limited injunction at High Court

David Miranda, the Guardian journalist's partner who was held at Heathrow Airport under anti-terror laws, has been granted a limited injunction at the High Court.

It prevents the Government and police from "inspecting, copying or sharing" data seized from him during his detention, but still allows examination for national security purposes.
Miranda detention 'was interference of human rights'

David Miranda's detention at Heathrow airport violated his human rights, the High Court has heard.

Gwendolen Morgan of Bindman Partners said in a witness statement made on behalf of Miranda that Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act was used "for an improper purpose and was therefore unlawful".

The decision to use it "amounted to a grave and manifestly disproportionate interference" with Miranda's human rights, Morgan said.

Read more: http://www.itv.com/news/story/2013-08-18/nsa-journos-partner-detained/

NSA Collected Thousands of US Internet Communications Over 3 Years w/ No Terror Connection

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: NSA collected thousands of US internet communications over 3 years with no terror connection


@AP: MORE: Declassified court opinions to show how NSA collected up to 56,000 emails with no terror link: http://t.co/MU356v8HtW -KK



— Aug. 21 3:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nations' top intelligence official is declassifying three secret U.S. court opinions showing how the National Security Agency scooped up as many as 56,000 emails annually over three years and other communications by Americans with no connection to terrorism, how it revealed the error to the court and changed how it gathered Internet communications.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper authorized the release Wednesday.

The opinions show that when the NSA reported to the court in 2011 that it was inadvertently collecting as many as 56,000 Internet communications by Americans with no collection to terrorism, the court ordered the NSA to find ways to limit what it collects and how long it keeps it.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nsa-collected-thousands-us-communications

BREAKING: Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for WikiLeaks Disclosures

Source: NBC News / The Verge

@BreakingNews: Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years for WikiLeaks disclosures - @verge http://t.co/8qFMoqLARQ


@BreakingNews: More: Bradley Manning prison sentence to be reduced by time served to date plus 112 days, judge says - @Reuters


Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison for WikiLeaks disclosures

By Jesse Hicks 7 Minutes Ago

Bradley Manning's court-martial reached an end today, with Army Colonel Denise Lind sentencing him to 35 years in prison. She also ordered a reduction in rank to Private, a forfeiture of all pay, and a dishonorable discharge. He will receive credit for 1,294 days for time served.

The WikiLeaks source, arrested in Iraq in 2010 for releasing nearly 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks, was found not guilty of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy," which could have resulted in life imprisonment. Manning was found guilty on virtually all other charges under the Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and the code of military justice. The verdict left him facing a maximum 136 years; Lind later found the government had overcharged Manning and reduced that number to 90 years. Within the military justice system, Colonel Lind does not have to explain the reasoning behind Manning's sentence. She did not.


During the sentencing phase of the trial, prosecution and defense jousted over the question of consequences. The prosecution sought to demonstrate that Manning's leaks had damaged relationships between American diplomats and their foreign counterparts, for example, but could present only speculative evidence in open court. Colonel Lind rejected testimony about alleged "ongoing" damage from the leaks. Much of the prosecution's case took place behind closed doors in order to present classified information.

Read more: http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/21/4642816/bradley-manning-sentenced-wikileaks-case

NSA Surveillance Said to Be Broader Than Initially Believed

Source: The Hill

NSA surveillance said to be broader than initially believed

By Jonathan Easley - 08/20/13 10:00 PM ET

The National Security Agency’s (NSA) reach covers about 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic through a slew of partnerships with some of the largest telecom companies in the country, according to a Wall Street Journal report released late Tuesday.

According to the report, gathered from interviews with current and former government officials and telecom industry workers, telecom companies like AT&T filter the data for the NSA, but in looking for communications that begin or end outside of the country, often sweep up unrelated domestic communications.

In addition, the surveillance network at times retains the content of emails and phone calls sent between U.S. citizens as part of a dragnet meant to capture correspondences between foreign targets.

The NSA defended the practice, telling the Journal that if domestic communications are “incidentally collected during NSA’s lawful signals intelligence activities,” that the agency follows “minimization procedures that are approved by the U.S. attorney general and designed to protect the privacy of United States persons.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/317971-nsa-surveillance-said-to-be-broader-than-initially-believed#ixzz2cZNG7EAZ

AG Holder: DOJ Nearing Decisions on Probes Involving Financial Firms and 2008 Market Crash

Source: Wall Street Journal

@BreakingNews: Attorney General Holder: DOJ nearing decisions on probes involving financial firms and 2008 market crash - @WSJ http://t.co/NTu5PEHJIa

August 20, 2013 7:23 PM
Justice Department Plans New Crisis-Related Cases

Attorney General Is Preparing to Announce 'Series of Significant Matters'

By Devlin Barrett

Justice Department Plans New Crisis Cases

Attorney General Holder says he is preparing to announce a 'series of significant matters' tied to the economic meltdown.

Read more: http://www.us.wsj.com/articles/a/SB10001424127887323423804579025262544041336

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,"
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