UK: Greenwald's Partner Had 58K Classified Docs
And officials say they could have endangered agents
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided by Janine Gibson of the Guardian, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and partner David Miranda are shown together at an unknown location.   (AP Photo/The Guardian, Janine Gibson, File)

(Newser) – Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, was carrying a file that contained 58,000 "highly classified UK intelligence documents" when agents detained him at a London airport—including some that contained enough information to identify various intelligence staffers, the UK deputy national security adviser alleged today. The files were "highly likely to describe techniques crucial in life-saving counter-terrorist operations," Oliver Robbins said in a statement presented in court, according to the BBC. While the data was encrypted, Miranda allegedly had a piece of paper with instructions for decoding some of it.

The court was deciding whether to extend a temporary injunction on police examining the electronic documents, except for national security purposes. But Miranda's lawyers began the proceedings by saying they had reached a deal to allow police to review the files under agreed upon conditions. His lawyers contend that his detention was unlawful, and that the allegations against him are "sweeping and vague."

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wei2szu
Aug 31, 2013 10:31 AM CDT
It's going to be hard as hell on 007's reputation when he hunts these evil butt pirates down. He's gonna be seen in places he can't tell anyone about...for sure. "007 Poses as a tranny in the new backdoor enabled HD, Homo Spyfall."
iq145
Aug 30, 2013 9:26 PM CDT
You see the harm these clowns can and will do? What has Snowjob and his cronies done that's "wrong"?: 1) Theft 2) False credentials 3) Tampering with national security 4) Placing all Americans at risk 5) International flight 6) Traveling on a voided passport 7) Bartering with items/information he doesn't legally own nor has personally created 8) Terroristic threats 9) Unethical treatment toward his employer 10) Misrepresentation 11) Perjury/breach of oath 12) Dereliction of duty 13) Failure to follow orders. 14) Impersonation of known government officials/identity theft. He's also flirting with, in fact, trying to set up the two main offenses: A) Assisting foreign powers B) Aiding the enemy. Sure, the Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, and the right to free speech is great... but NOT when it will cause a danger to National Security. The info Snowden likely possesses is probably EXACTLY the kind of stuff al Qaeda wants leaked out so they can learn better of how to successfully find ways to kill Americans at will. Not to mention, maybe names and locations of counter-terrorism spies that the U.S. has out in the field infiltrating the ranks of those would-be murderers. People want to complain about the NSA and alleged "spying", but then they'll also complain about not feeling the government is doing enough to protect them from al Qaeda! So the NSA is not "hiding" anything, but they'll be truly ineffective if EVERYONE knows what they're working on. Has NOBODY stopped for a moment and asked "why" the NSA has been doing what they're doing? Did people think the authorities use magic to uncover terrorist plots?
InferiorToYou
Aug 30, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
Interesting that Snowden had access to 58,000 UK classified documents, yet he never worked for the UK government.