Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow Airport for nine hours of questioning over the weekend. On Aug. 19, The Guardian UK reported that Miranda -- the partner of the journalist (Greenwald) who interviewed "whistleblower" Edward Snowden -- was on his way home from Rio de Janeiro when he was stopped by authorities at the London airport.
Miranda was questioned "under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000." Authorities held him for nine hours which is the maximum hold. After that time, Miranda was released -- the other option would have been to formally arrest him. It's unknown what he was asked.
Glenn Greenwald lives with David Miranda which has put Miranda in an interesting situation -- especially because Miranda has taken on a sort of "supporting role" in Greenwald's journalism quest. Many people think that Miranda was unjustly targeted and there is a lot of debate surrounding this incident today. Naturally, Greenwald isn't too thrilled with what went down either.
"This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process. To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA and GCHQ. The actions of the UK pose a serious threat to journalists everywhere," said Greenwald of the ordeal.
Glenn Greenwald has been analyzing data released by Edward Snowden and it seems as though he now has a target on his back -- and it's not just him. It's anyone who might be associated with any of this.
© Effie Orfanides 2013