WaPo: White House tipped to UK’s plan to detain Greenwald partner
posted at 3:17 pm on August 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
According to the Washington Post, the White House got advance knowledge of the UK’s plan to detain Glenn Greenwald’s partner under an anti-terrorism law. The White House says that the Obama administration didn’t request the stop, but it apparently didn’t object to it either:
British authorities gave U.S. officials advance notice that they planned to detain the Brazilian partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who worked with leaker Edward Snowden to expose details of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
The White House received a “heads up” that London police would detain David Miranda on Sunday at Heathrow Airport, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday. He added that the U.S. government did not request Miranda’s detention, calling it “a law enforcement action” taken by the British government.
“This was a decision that was made by the British government without the involvement and not at the request of the United States government,” Earnest said. “It’s as simple as that.”
Pressed repeatedly on the matter, Earnest would not condemn the nine-hour detention of Miranda, nor did he say whether British authorities shared with the United States any intelligence they might have extracted from him.
The Cameron government is getting slammed across the political spectrum at home for using an anti-terrorism law against a “suspect” which it acknowledges presented no risk of terrorism. Will the White House involvement in the stop raise similar questions here?