David Miranda, who lives with Glenn Greenwald, was returning from a trip to Berlin when he was stopped by officers at 8.05am and informed that he was to be questioned under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. The controversial law, which applies only at airports, ports and border areas, allows officers to stop, search, question and detain individuals.
The 28-year-old was held for nine hours, the maximum the law allows before officers must release or formally arrest the individual. According to official figures, most examinations under schedule 7 – over 97% – last under an hour, and only one in 2,000 people detained are kept for more than six hours.
Miranda was released, but officials confiscated electronics equipment including his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles.
. . . While in Berlin, Miranda had visited Laura Poitras, the US film-maker who has also been working on the Snowden files with Greenwald and the Guardian. The Guardian paid for Miranda's flights.
Glenn Greenwald writing on The Guardian UK
. . . they obviously had zero suspicion that David was associated with a terrorist organization or involved in any terrorist plot. Instead, they spent their time interrogating him about the NSA reporting which Laura Poitras, the Guardian and I are doing, as well the content of the electronic products he was carrying. They completely abused their own terrorism law for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism: a potent reminder of how often governments lie when they claim that they need powers to stop "the terrorists", and how dangerous it is to vest unchecked power with political officials in its name.
. . . It's bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It's worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they felt threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.
To recap: Greenwald's partner was on a trip financed by the Guardian to meet with Laura Poitras to help with disseminating the leaks.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) August 18, 2013
While the detention of @ggreenwald partner may have been a I'll- conceived attempt at intimidation...— David_Packman (@David_Packman) August 18, 2013
...it seems more likely to be an attempt by UK/US to get ahead of the next embarrassing leak by finding out what the next leak would be.— David_Packman (@David_Packman) August 18, 2013
god would someone just detain glenn greenwald in a dark damp place for a while?— Amy McCarthy (@aemccarthy) August 18, 2013
@20committee Someone tweeted me, "can you imagine if that was your partner who you love!?!" Ah, no. I wouldn't use my partner as a mule.— Nicholas Molodyko (@molodyko) August 18, 2013
#24HourRule. Wait for it...— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) August 18, 2013
@bobcesca_go Meanwhile, the outrage porn continues at pace.— Nicholas Molodyko (@molodyko) August 18, 2013
Okay, just got my first UK = rapist tweet.— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) August 18, 2013
I get that @ggreenwald makes some of you feel a type of way. He used to be mean to me too. We got over it, because adults. This = big deal.— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) August 18, 2013
.@attackerman Yeah, calling the UK "puppets" and comparing it to the Mafia is the kind of adult moment that really clarifies the issue.— Tom Nichols (@TheWarRoom_Tom) August 18, 2013
.@attackerman Your assumption that opposition to GG is motivated by his meanness is, itself, childish. GG made himself a big part of story.— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) August 18, 2013
@bobcesca_go Now GG face is on the home page of the Guardian. Definitely made himself part of the story.— Shar G (@hapkidogal) August 18, 2013
"It's only 3? I could've sworn it was later." —@HoneybadgerLA "Greenwald ages you." —me— &e-ru (@dvnix) August 18, 2013
Guardian and @ggreenwald really complicate important work they're doing by acting as activists/partisans rather than sticking to journalism— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 18, 2013
@hunterw Maybe nobody told you, but the news website for which you work is partisan and admittedly so.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 18, 2013
@ggreenwald I've never done anything like have a loved one help on a project and hide their role. That's activism.— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 18, 2013
.@ggreenwald It's rather telling how unable you are to thoughtfully and civilly discuss criticism of your work.— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) August 18, 2013
Congratulations UK gov! You just made Glenn Greenwald as pissed off as Julian Assange. Smart move there.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 18, 2013
@LibertyLynx And Assange suddenly has a gigantic new insurance file. How did he get that, with the WL dropbox broken? Too big to email...— Rev Magdalen (@revmagdalen) August 18, 2013
@revmagdalen They have their own pony express of hackers on the move. Miranda could have just been a decoy. Who knows.— R (@LibertyLynx) August 18, 2013
UK (might as well be the US) detains my friend David for 9 hrs. Hope they enjoy the gaming consoles they confiscated http://t.co/vfs2QJY05b— Jane Hamsher (@janehamsher) August 18, 2013
This has been the most outrageous incident against journalism since Jane Hamsher failed to renew her auto registration.— allanbrauer (@allanbrauer) August 18, 2013
Do the US & UK governments distinguish between leak & terrorism investigations? Or just a mish-mash of "enemies"? http://t.co/34HfgjMTqe— Amy Davidson (@tnyCloseRead) August 18, 2013
@tnyCloseRead Read the UK terrorism law: officers need no due cause, and "disrupting electronic systems" is listed as a qualifying offense.— joshuafoust (@joshuafoust) August 18, 2013