Glenn Greenwald apparently angered a lot of people by breaking the leak of NSA contractor Edward Snowden weeks ago, which was to be expected.
While Glenn Greenwald has been vocally, openly, and unapologetically critical of certain US actions, the Guardian journalist said that a recent incident has spurred him to be even more pointed and open in his future writings.
As The Inquisitr reported earlier, Greenwald’s partner was detained for an excessive nine hours, with authorities citing the Terrorism Act Of 2000 in their decision to question Miranda after his partner’s critical reporting in recent weeks.
After the incident, Greenwald charged:
“Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they feel threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.”
In a lengthy Guardian piece, Greenwald explains that he was phoned at 5:30 AM Eastern time by an unnamed Heathrow Airport security operative, informing him that Miranda had been detained and refusing to identify himself save for a badge number.
Greenwald summarizes the experience not only for David Miranda, but for his family in the states. The journalist explains:
“… they kept David detained right up until the last minute: for the full 9 hours, something they very rarely do. Only at the last minute did they finally release him. We spent all day – as every hour passed – worried that he would be arrested and charged under a terrorism statute. This was obviously designed to send a message of intimidation to those of us working journalistically on reporting on the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ… they seized numerous possessions of his, including his laptop, his cellphone, various video game consoles, DVDs, USB sticks, and other materials. They did not say when they would return any of it, or if they would.”
Now, Greenwald says he feels inspired to turn an even harsher spotlight on abusive practices involving surveillance and its impact on citizens, telling a Brazilian network that the authorities involved are “going to regret what they did.”
“I am going to write my stories a lot more aggressively now… I am going to publish many more documents now. I am going to publish a lot about England, too, I have a lot of documents about the espionage system in England. Now my focus is going to be that as well.”
Glenn Greenwald told the Rio-based network that the governments involved will only “embolden us even further” by engaging in punitive actions for investigative journalism.