US Had 'Heads-Up' on Greenwald Partner Detention
Scotland Yard insists incident was 'legally sound'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2013 3:47 AM CDT
Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and his partner David Miranda.   (AP Photo/Janine Gibson, the Guardian)

(Newser) – The White House says it didn't order British authorities to seize the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald as he changed planes in London—but it had a "heads-up" on what was going to happen to him. The nine-hour detention and questioning of David Miranda over the Edward Snowden NSA leaks "was a decision that was made by the British government," a White House spokesman told reporters, referring all further questions to British authorities. He declined to say whether the US had been provided with information from Miranda's confiscated electronic equipment.

During his detention under anti-terror laws, Miranda says he was ordered to reveal the passwords for his computer and cell phone and told he would be put in jail if his interrogators decided he wasn't being cooperative, the Guardian reports. Amid a growing outcry over the detention, British police insist their actions were "legally and procedurally sound," reports the Wall Street Journal. The UK's independent reviewer of counterterrorism legislation, however, says he wants police to explain the "unusual" detention.

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BeingStill
Aug 22, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
"Miranda says he was ordered to reveal the passwords for his computer and cell phone and told he would be put in jail if his interrogators decided he wasn't being cooperative, the Guardian reports." So, is this anti-gay behavior? Where are all the heckling gay activists? Where are Miranda's rights? (Oh, wait...that's a weird question?!?) I would've told the self-presumed "authorities" in the UK to, "Suck it! Jail me... you won't get a DAMNED thing out of me!" Hell, it would've at least slowed them down! No self-described "free" government should have the power to seize anyone... that's tyranny! I know _I_ have NEVER given ANYONE authority OVER me! In the US - at least on paper - We the People are supposed to be in charge OVER the government. At present, you could hardly recognize the original intent of what the US was supposed to be about: individual liberty! Truly sad. This is just force for force's sake. The UK is doing the work of the Obamass Administration; its at least nice to know who his minions are!
right2dave
Aug 20, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
As can expected by Newser, this was back page news to begin with and should have been killed days ago.
sickdaddy
Aug 20, 2013 5:23 AM CDT
I think I speak for everyone when I say " dont speak for me!"