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Interesting messages here: US Official Admits That UK Detention Of Glenn Greenwald's Partner Was 'To Send A Message' - techdirt with
One U.S. security official told Reuters that one of the main purposes of the British government's detention and questioning of Miranda was to send a message to recipients of Snowden's materials, including the Guardian, that the British government was serious about trying to shut down the leaks.
which links to Britain forced Guardian to destroy copy of Snowden material - Yahoo news with
One U.S. security official told Reuters that one of the main purposes of the British government's detention and questioning of Miranda was to send a message to recipients of Snowden's materials, including the Guardian, that the British government was serious about trying to shut down the leaks.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday that while the United States did not ask British authorities to detain Miranda, British officials had given the United States a "heads up" about the British government's plan to question him.
But now we get (Dutch, Volkskrant) VS distantieert zich van Brits optreden tegen The Guardian - volkskrant.nl with
Maandag deed Washington ook al afstand van het de Britse praktijken. Toen hield de Britse politie David Miranda, de partner van Guardian-journalist Glenn Greenwald, langdurig vast op het vliegveld van Heathrow. Obama's woordvoerder verzekerde dat de VS niets te maken had met de aanhouding. 'Het is de Britse regering die een beslissing maakt op basis van Britse wetgeving op Brits grondgebied. Wij zijn hier niet bij betrokken.'
The official statement from The White House is according to Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 8/19/2013 - The White House with
Q British authorities detained David Miranda, who, as you know, is the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who wrote about the secrets that Edward Snowden revealed. Human rights groups have called this detention -- which was for nine hours -- harassment. The Brazilian government has said there was no justification for it. Was the United States government at all involved in this? And what is the justification for it, if so?

MR. EARNEST: Well, Mark, what you're referring to is a law enforcement action that was taken by the British government. The United States was not involved in that decision or in that action. So if you have questions about it, then I would refer you to the British government.
Q Thanks, Josh. Can you state with authority that the U.S. government has not obtained material from the laptop the British authorities confiscated from Glenn Greenwald’s partner or from any of his personal devices they also confiscated?

MR. EARNEST: I’m just not in a position to talk to you about the conversations between British law enforcement officials and American law enforcement officials.

Q So you can’t rule out that the U.S. has obtained this material?

MR. EARNEST: I’m not in a position to do that right now, no.

Q You also didn’t condemn -- the White House didn’t condemn the detention. Is the President pleased that he was condemned -- I’m sorry, is the President pleased that he was detained?

MR. EARNEST: Well, again, this is a law enforcement action that was taken by the British government, and this is something that that they did independent of our direction, as you would expect -- that the British government is going to make law enforcement decisions that they determine are in the best interest of their country.

Q Was the White House consulted or given a heads-up in advance? MR. EARNEST: There was a heads-up that was provided by the British government. So, again, this is something that we had an indication was likely to occur, but it’s not something that we requested, and it’s something that was done specifically by the British law enforcement officials there.
So I guess the author at de Volkskrant didn't read all the way in the White House report.

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