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Wall Street Journal: Glenn Greenwald 'should expect inspections

Journalist Glenn Greenwald speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 14, 2013. Greenwald, The Guardian journalist who first reported Edward Snowden's disclosures of U.S. surveillance programs, says the former National Security Agency analyst has "very specific blueprints of how the NSA do what they do." Credit: AP

The Wall Street Journal weighs in on Sunday's nine-hour detention of David Miranda, partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, by British security authorities:

Mr. Miranda was traveling on a ticket paid by the Guardian and had come from Berlin, where by Mr. Greenwald's admission he was trading materials with an American filmmaker who has collaborated with Mr. Greenwald on the [Edward] Snowden leaks. Mr. Miranda has complained that he suffered "psychological violence" during his long Heathrow layover (we know the feeling, buddy) and is threatening legal action, but such are the inconveniences of life when you seek to traffic in stolen government papers. ...

[S]o long as Mr. Snowden refuses to make his case before a jury in the U.S. and Mr. Greenwald continues to use his partner as his transporter, they should expect inspections from law enforcement.

WSJ hasn't been a fan of the collaboration between Greenwald and Edward Snowden, an American fugitive who has sought refuge in Russia after leaking information on U.S. government spying techniques to the news media. In a June editorial, WSJ said Greenwald is "a committed anti-antiterror partisan."


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