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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.

by Anonymousreply 3008/19/2013

His ego is really out of check if he's talking in those terms.

by Anonymousreply 208/19/2013

What is he doing with that young kid anyway?

by Anonymousreply 308/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 508/19/2013

Libertarian? Really?

That's news to me, and him.

by Anonymousreply 608/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 708/19/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 808/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1108/19/2013

A reminder: if you don't want your spouse questioned about your reporting, don't use him as a document mule.

by Anonymousreply 1308/19/2013

If you are crying for Greenwald and his spouse who he sent with stolen docs you need to check your fucking priorities.

by Anonymousreply 1608/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1808/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1908/19/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2008/19/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2208/19/2013

R22/R26: my, but what good little Germans you are.

by Anonymousreply 2808/19/2013

Godwin's Law, r28.

by Anonymousreply 2908/19/2013
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