Guardian man vows 'more aggression' over spy stories
Glenn Greenwald says partner's London detention makes him even more determined to publish Snowden secrets
JOURNALIST Glenn Greenwald has vowed to be "far more aggressive" in his reporting of US and British intelligence secrets leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Greenwald, a columnist for The Guardian, said the detention of his Brazilian partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow airport on Sunday was an attempt to intimidate him. But far from making him more cautious, Brazil-based Greenwald said the incident meant he would "publish many more documents" leaked by Snowden and put particular emphasis on those detailing the surveillance tactics of Britain's intelligence agencies.
"I have many documents on England's spy system," Greenwald told Reuters. "I think they will be sorry for what they did."
Here is a roundup of other developments:
Miranda says he was threatened with jail: In his first interview since returning to Brazil, the 28-year-old said he was questioned at Heathrow by six officers about his "whole life". Describing his detention as a "total abuse of power" by British authorities, he said he was told he would be "put in jail" if he didn't co-operate and was treated like "a criminal or someone who was about to attack the UK". Said Miranda: "It was exhausting and frustrating, but I knew I wasn't doing anything wrong."
British police defend use of anti-terror laws: Scotland Yard says its use of terror laws to detain Miranda at Heathrow was "legally and procedurally sound". In an unusually detailed statement, police said the use of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was "subject to a detailed decision-making process" and denied claims that Miranda had been refused access to a lawyer.
Police destroy computers at The Guardian's offices: The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, has revealed that the British government threatened the newspaper with legal action unless it destroyed or returned classified documents leaked by Snowden. "You've had your fun. Now we want the stuff back," an unnamed Whitehall staffer reportedly told the editor. Two operatives from GCHQ subsequently visited The Guardian's London offices and "physically pulverised" several computers containing material leaked by Snowden.
US was informed Miranda was to be detained: The White House has confirmed it received a "heads-up" that police would detain Miranda at Heathrow, the Washington Post reports. But a spokesman said the US government had not requested his detention.
Media sounds warning over freedom of press: The National Union of Journalists and the Society of Editors warned that anti-terror laws must not be used to "intimidate" reporters. Labour is calling for an urgent investigation to ensure powers were not being misused. ·