Snowden reporter: Won`t be silenced by detention
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Last Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013, 22:29
  
London: The American journalist who has written stories based on leaked documents from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on Monday said he would not be silenced by what he described as police harassment of his partner, who was detained for nine hours as he passed through Heathrow Airport.London police detained David Miranda, the partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald, under anti-terror legislation at the London airport yesterday. Miranda arrived today in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with Greenwald.

A defiant Greenwald promised that he was going "to write much more aggressively than before" about government snooping.

"I'm going to publish many more things about England, as well," he said. "I have many documents about the system of espionage of England, and now my focus will be there, too. I think they'll regret what they've done."

Miranda told reporters in Rio that he was not threatened while he was detained at Heathrow, but confirmed that personal objects were taken from him.

"I stayed in a room, there were six different agents, entering and leaving, who spoke with me," he said after being greeted by Greenwald with a hug. "They asked questions about my whole life, about everything. They took my computer, video game, cellphone, memory thumb drives, everything."

Greenwald has written about NSA surveillance programs based on files disclosed by Snowden, who now has temporary asylum in Russia. The Obama administration wants Snowden sent back to the United States to be tried for the leaks.

Miranda, 28, was stopped while traveling home to Brazil after visiting Germany, where he met with Laura Poitras, a US filmmaker who has worked with Greenwald on the NSA story.

London police detained David Miranda, the partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald, under anti-terror legislation at the London airport yesterday. Miranda arrived today in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with Greenwald.

A defiant Greenwald promised that he was going "to write much more aggressively than before" about government snooping.

"I'm going to publish many more things about England, as well," he said. "I have many documents about the system of espionage of England, and now my focus will be there, too. I think they'll regret what they've done."

Miranda told reporters in Rio that he was not threatened while he was detained at Heathrow, but confirmed that personal objects were taken from him.

"I stayed in a room, there were six different agents, entering and leaving, who spoke with me," he said after being greeted by Greenwald with a hug. "They asked questions about my whole life, about everything. They took my computer, video game, cellphone, memory thumb drives, everything."

Greenwald has written about NSA surveillance programs based on files disclosed by Snowden, who now has temporary asylum in Russia. The Obama administration wants Snowden sent back to the United States to be tried for the leaks.

Miranda, 28, was stopped while traveling home to Brazil after visiting Germany, where he met with Laura Poitras, a US filmmaker who has worked with Greenwald on the NSA story.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 19, 2013, 22:29


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