Mar 11, 2014
Greenwald’s Partner Told He Would Be ‘Put in Jail’
Posted on Aug 19, 2013
In his first interview since being detained and interrogated for nine hours Sunday by British authorities under the Terrorism Act, David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency this summer, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power.”
Miranda told The Guardian on Monday that U.K. authorities pandered to the U.S. by trying to intimidate him into revealing passwords to his computer and mobile phone, which they succeeded in doing by repeatedly using the words “prison” and “station,” Miranda said. Officials in both countries want access to private records that they could use to build a public opinion or legal case against Miranda’s partner, journalist Glenn Greenwald.
“They were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn’t co-operate,” Miranda said. “They treated me like I was a criminal or someone about to attack the UK. … It was exhausting and frustrating, but I knew I wasn’t doing anything wrong.”
Miranda is a Brazilian who lives with Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro. He was held for the maximum time permitted under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, which allows officers to stop, search and question people at airports, ports and border areas. He was returning to his home in Rio after visiting Berlin, where he was transferring materials between Greenwald and Laura Poitras, the American filmmaker who worked on the NSA stories. Poitras was named Truthdigger of the Week over the weekend.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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