Glenn Greenwald vows vengeance against UK; says Britain will be "sorry" for detaining partner for 9 hours
Does he think he is Lex Luthor or something?
RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be "sorry" for detaining his partner for nine hours.
British authorities used anti-terrorism laws on Sunday to detain David Miranda, partner of U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, as he passed through London's Heathrow airport.
Miranda, 28, a Brazilian citizen, said he was questioned for nine hours before being released without charge, minus his laptop, cellphone and memory sticks, which were seized.
Greenwald, a columnist for Britain's the Guardian newspaper who is based in Rio de Janeiro, said the detention was an attempt to intimidate him for publishing documents leaked by Snowden disclosing U.S. surveillance of global internet communications.
Snowden, who has been granted asylum by Russia, gave Greenwald from 15,000 to 20,000 documents with details of the U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs.
"I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England too. I have many documents on England's spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did," Greenwald, speaking in Portuguese, told reporters at Rio's airport where he met Miranda upon his return to Brazil.
"They wanted to intimidate our journalism, to show that they have power and will not remain passive but will attack us more intensely if we continue publishing their secrets," he said.
Miranda told reporters that six British agents questioned him continuously about all aspects of his life during his detention in a room at Heathrow airport. He said he was freed and returned his passport only when he started shouting in the airport lounge.
Brazil's government complained about Miranda's detention in a statement on Sunday that said the use of the British anti-terrorism law was unjustified.
Many Brazilians are still upset with Britain's anti-terrorism policies because of the death of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, who was mistaken for a suspect in a bombing attempt in 2005. Menezes was shot seven times in the head by police on board an underground train at a London station.
Greenwald met with Snowden in June in Hong Kong, from where he published the first of many reports that rattled the U.S. intelligence community by disclosing the breadth and depth of surveillance by the NSA on telephone and internet communications.
Snowden faces criminal charges in the United States after leaking documents disclosing the previously secret U.S. internet and telephone surveillance programs. Russia rejected American pleas to send Snowden back to the United States for trial, instead granting him a year's asylum on Aug. 1.
Brazil, whose president, Dilma Rousseff, is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington in October, declined to consider an asylum request from Snowden. But some politicians angered by the disclosure of NSA surveillance of internet communications of Brazilians proposed granting him asylum in Brazil.
He uses his partner as a mule to smuggle information and then gets upset when he's stopped.
Glenn Greenwald is the king (queen?) of making the story about HIM rather than what the story should be about.
Fuck him, and his Obama-bashing smug little Libertarian ass.
I loathe Glenn Greenwald. Deeply.
His ego is really out of check if he's talking in those terms.
What is he doing with that young kid anyway?
He is really is a very unpleasant man and although I agree with alot of what he does he is burning so many bridges it's not going to matter.
Oh my. Did you plant your little fists firmly at your hips when you made that very fierce threat, Lady Greenwald?
Pushy li'l poof I'd say.
That's news to me, and him.
I used to like Greenwald but not anymore. He does seem crazy. It's the height of unprofessionalism for a journalist to threaten retribution that way. He should be presenting facts and commentary relevant to the topics at hand. He should not be threatening anyone with using his position to enact revenge.
This guy is an embarrassment.
I demand an apology directly from the Queen herself, and it must be on her hands and knees! And on top of that... the United Kingdom must give me... one MILLION dollars!
Thank you for telling the truth R1. He's a narcissist and a phony Libertarian along with Snowden and Assange. I don't know how any liberal could support any of them now that it's becoming clear how much they kiss the ass of far right loonies like Rand and Ron.
So you anti-Greenwald posters are just fine with the government holding the partner of a reporter for 9 hours with no explanation and no warrant, using a law meant to stop terrorism? You think reporters are now terrorists? For real? Reporters are terrorists? You REALLY want to go there?
R10, you're seriously missing the point. What happened to his partner is wrong. But journalists, or anyone who claims to serve the public and stand for truth, should not use their position to threaten anyone, even the entire British government. It's unethical and unprofessional, and those are massive understatements.
He's also clearly nuts.
YES, I want to go there.
A reminder: if you don't want your spouse questioned about your reporting, don't use him as a document mule.
But what is Greenwald 'threatening' them with, R11? Read his entire quote -- he's 'threatening' them with publishing more documents. Ooooh! Scary. A democracy is being 'threatened' with having its secrets told.
And I love how you try to make this all about Greenwald and your unsubstantiated ad hominem attacks on him.
Your outrage should be aimed directly at a government unlawfully detaining someone.
So let's grant that Greenwald's partner was acting as a reporter, R13 -- he was detained on a law meant to prevent terrorism. Are reporters now terrorists?
If you are crying for Greenwald and his spouse who he sent with stolen docs you need to check your fucking priorities.
If you're not upset about the government's unlawfully detaining citizens as a way to threaten reporters, you need to check your priorities, R16.
GG is known as a vindictive little bitch, but he rarely gets results. He'll learn pretty quickly that the Brits aren't above exploiting his questionable private life to malign him.
We are fighting GOP war on women reproductive rights, on voting rights, civil rights, gay rights, on Obamacare. Those are my priorities, I don't give a shit about Greenwald and his NSA tantrums.
[quote]If you're not upset about the government's unlawfully detaining citizens as a way to threaten reporters,
For only nine hours, when they're engaged in international air travel?
Big fucking deal.
And now it turns out he didn't threaten them at all. Reuters screwed up the story.
Holding reporters for 9 hours and interrogating them, not allowing them to speak to anyone, not a lawyer, not family, with no charges, no warrants, nothing... You're seriously OK with this R20? I'm glad you weren't one of the founding fathers.
I wish [bold]you[/bold] had been a Founding Father, r21. Then you'd be long dead and so wouldn't keep posting over and over to this thread.
Giving up on ad hominems you then resort to wishing me dead, R22? Very classy. If you don't like the thread, you can very easily not read it.
And no, I won't give it a rest.
I'm with you, R23. Give 'em hell!
BTW, tiresome troll(s) - your schtick works better on more conventional sites (you know, the ones read by shitheels like you).
Ask your supervisor for more training on how to deal with the canny bitches here.
We're not so easily "snowed" (pun intended)
I am beginning to understand why many Germans left the country in the late 1930s.
They could see the dangers, the intimidation tactics, the censorship, the invective against anyone who dared speak out.
Anyone who cannot see this as a totalitarian scare tactic against anyone who dares defy Caesar and his minions is blind and stupid.
Our government is evil and is destroying civil liberties at a rapid pace, but the useful idiots cheer it because there is a Democrat in the White House.
Glenn Greenwald is a fucking troll. Why is he trying to turn a serious issue into a complete sideshow?
Listen to the libertarians howl on this thread!
Oh boo hoo hoo hoo hoo!
R22/R26: my, but what good little Germans you are.