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August 19, 2013
Partner of journalist at center of NSA leak detained
More controversy stirred for the U.S. and U.K. government after the partner of Glenn Greenwald, the journalist behind The Guardian's "NSA Files" coverage, was detained at London's Heathrow airport for nearly nine hours.
David Miranda was held under the maximum allotted time under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act Schedule 7, which authorizes British security services to stop and detain those suspected of involved in terrorism. According to later reports, the White House was given a "heads up" on Miranda's detention. He was suspected of carrying important and classified documents for later publication.
U.K. lawmakers and politicians later demanded an explanation for the detention of Greenwald's partner.
- Read more: Partner of journalist at center of NSA leak detained (CBS News)
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August 20, 2013
U.K. gov't thought destroying Guardian hard drives would prevent NSA leaks
While intelligence may have won the British the war, the U.K. government certainly didn't score any awards for creativity when it sent intelligence officers to the basement of The Guardian's newsroom to destroy hard drives, which, naively and stupidly, the U.K. government thought contained the Snowden documents.
In a blog post, The Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger described in detail how officials from the U.K. government raided its offices. According to the newspaper's editor, he was given two options: "Hand the Snowden material back or destroy it," Rusbridger said, citing the shadowy Whitehall figure:
"You've had your debate. There's no need to write any more," they reportedly said.
- Read more: U.K. gov't thought destroying hard drives would prevent NSA leaks (ZDNet)
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Source: The Guardian
August 21, 2013
Secret court 'troubled' by NSA surveillance, ruled illegal
A secret U.S. court, the FISC, which authorizes wiretaps and warrantless snooping, found some of the surveillance conducted by the NSA illegal.
The court document, dated October 2011, found some of the NSA's collections to be in breach of the constitution, which gives U.S. persons protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. In the heavily redacted opinion, the court said it was "troubled" that the government's revelations over the NSA's acquisition of Internet traffic was the third time in less than three years in which the government disclosed a "substantial misrepresentation" of the scope of its collection programs.
Privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation heralded the release of the 86-page opinion as a "victory."
- Read more: Secret court 'troubled' by NSA surveillance, ruled illegal (ZDNet)
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