White House Says It Had 'No Role' In UK Detention Of David Miranda, But Did Have A 'Heads Up'
from the and-what-did-it-say-in-response? dept
The White House has now come out with a statement insisting that it had no role in the detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, but did say that UK intelligence gave the US “a heads up” that it “might” happen. Of course, ironically named White House spokesperson Josh Earnest also refused to say whether the US approved or disapproved of the detention.
Meanwhile, it’s been noted by some that Miranda was, in fact, carrying a USB key that contained some relevant information, but Greenwald has said that he’s not worried at all about it, because the data was encrypted:
“We both now typically and automatically encrypt all documents and work we carry – not just for the NSA stories,” says Greenwald via email. “So everything he had – for his personal use and everything else – was heavily encrypted, and I’m not worried at all that they can break that.”
Either way, under the rules in the UK, they could only detain Miranda to determine if he was involved in terrorist activities. Doing investigative journalism is not a terrorist activity unless you’re an authoritarian police state. Either way, it really does appear that this abuse of power is likely to backfire big time on the UK (and the US, whatever its role). It’s unlikely that it did anything to help stop the dissemination of this kind of information, but did reveal the thuggish tactics and police-state mentality by the UK government.