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

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.”