U.S. Had ‘Heads-Up’ on Greenwald Partner Detainment

    U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald (front L) embraces his partner David Miranda upon his arrival at Rio de Janeiro's International Airport August 19, 2013. British authorities used anti-terrorism powers on Sunday to detain Miranda, the partner of Greenwald, who has close links to Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia, as he passed through London's Heathrow airport. The 28-year-old Miranda, a Brazilian citizen and partner of Greenwald who writes for Britain's Guardian newspaper, was questioned for nine hours before being released without charge, a report on the Guardian website said.

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    A British official said Tuesday that the U.S. had been given a “heads-up” before reporter Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained and interrogated in relation to Greenwald’s articles about fugitive leaker Edward Snowden. “They were threatening me all the time, saying I would be put in jail if I didn’t cooperate,” Miranda told The Guardian. Scotland Yard defended Miranda’s detention as “legally and procedurally sound,” since Miranda allegedly had been assisting Greenwald in publishing Snowden’s documents and had just returned from a trip to Berlin to meet with Greenwald’s business partner, Laura Poitras, a U.S. filmmaker. But the White House on Monday denied any involvement in Miranda’s detention, with White House spokesman Josh Earnest saying it was “a law-enforcement action taken by the British government.”

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