Snowden reporter's partner held

The partner of a Guardian journalist, who wrote stories revealing mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, was detained at Heathrow Airport and had his electronic items confiscated.

Senior MP seeks answers over Heathrow terror row

Senior MP Keith Vaz is to write to the Metropolitan Police to seek clarification on why the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald David Miranda was held and questioned by officers while travelling through Heathrow.

MP Keith Vaz who is to write to the Metropolitan Police on why the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald was held. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Vaz said:"What needs to happen pretty rapidly is we need to establish the full facts.

"Now you have a complaint from Mr Greenwald and the Brazilian government - they indeed have said they are concerned at the use of terrorism legislation for something that does not appear to relate to terrorism - so it needs to be clarified, and clarified quickly.

"What is extraordinary is they knew he was the partner (of Mr Greenwald) and therefore it is clear people who are directly involved are being sought but also the partners of those involved".

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Reporter's partner had electronics confiscated at airport

The partner of a Guardian journalist, who wrote stories revealing mass surveillance by the US National Security Agency, was detained at Heathrow Airport and had his electronic items confiscated.

Glenn Greenwald (left) walks with his partner David Miranda in Rio airport. Credit: Reuters

David Miranda was stopped in the capital under the Terrorism Act when attempting to travel to Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with reporter Glenn Greenwald.

Miranda was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport. Credit: Reuters

Mr Greenwald told The Guardian that the detention of his partner was a "failed attempt at intimidation".

He was travelling back to Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with Mr Greenwald. Credit: Reuters

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Snowden reporter's partner detained at Heathrow

The partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald who wrote a series of stories revealing mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency (NSA) was detained for nine hours at London's Heathrow Airport under the Terrorism Act and his possessions confiscated.

Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist who first published the documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

David Miranda was passing through the airport on Sunday on his way home to Rio de Janeiro. Mr Miranda was questioned under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which applies only at airports, ports and border areas, allowing officers to stop, search and detain individuals, the Guardian reported.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At 08:05 on Sunday 18 August 2013 a 28-year-old man was detained at Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

"He was not arrested. He was subsequently released at 17:00."

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