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Glenn Greenwald and David Miranda Talk to Anderson Cooper About Miranda's Detention: VIDEO


Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald and his partner David Miranda spoke to Anderson Cooper last night about Miranda's detention by UK officials for nine hours at Heathrow Airport over the weekend as he returned home from Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.


Miranda, who had been visiting Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who broke the Edward Snowden story with Greenwald in The Guardian, had his electronics confiscated.

Greenwald_mirandaMiranda, who was held under the Terrorism Act, tells Cooper that he was not asked any questions about terrorism but feared the broad powers the U.S. and its allies now have to hold potential suspects indefinitely. Greenwald said it was "terrorizing" to get a call from a British official saying “the person you love most in the world and with whom you share your life” was being detained.

Added Greenwald:

“Every single newsroom in the United State, every single major news organization in the world, has classified information...Reporting on what governments do in the secret is what journalism is about. So if you support the idea that states can just go and confiscate from journalists classified information, you should be demanding the government can go into newsrooms and seize whatever classified information is there...Journalism is not a crime and it’s not terrorism.”

In a post-interview debate, CNN commentator and attorney Jeffrey Toobin compared Miranda to a "drug mule", an assertion Jesselyn Radack from the Government Accountability Project shot down:

“David was serving as an in-between, not as a drug mule. I have to wonder why the U.S. government and our allies are so desperate to keep our illegalities secret and our lawbreaking secret, that they are willing to use a terrorism law to stop a journalist.”



Post-interview debate with Jeffrey Toobin:

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  1. I find it so creepy that Greenwald is married to that kid. It's clearly about having a toy around.

    Posted by: Jesse | Aug 21, 2013 9:56:35 AM

  2. I find it so creepy that the US and our allies are criminalising journalism.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 21, 2013 10:00:44 AM

  3. I find it so creepy that the US and our allies are criminalising journalism.

    Posted by: MaryM | Aug 21, 2013 10:00:45 AM

  4. I mean, if *you*say clearly, then it must be so, Jesse.

    Posted by: Mikey | Aug 21, 2013 10:04:39 AM

  5. HOW did Snowden manage to get such vital [allegedly] info and how did he get out the door with it on a usb thumb drive, on more than one occasion? Who at the highest levels were responsible for such a serious security breach? Have they been appropriately punished or were they promoted, while low level people were railroaded? Why is this not as important as the fact Snowden released this info? What are the names and titles of the people at the top responsible for this very serious security breach? Will any of them be criminally prosecuted?

    Just asking.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 21, 2013 10:08:21 AM

  6. WTF @MARYM???? David Miranda is 28 years old. Either you're a pimp for the Government or simply jealous that Greenwald is married to a good looking well-over 21 guy. And what's with reposting your stupid statement THREE times? (Towleroad Moderator, ban the guy's IP address. Obviously he is a plant to degrade and belittle Greenwald and Miranda. And yes, I KNOW you can ban IP addresses.)

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 21, 2013 10:12:56 AM

  7. Mikey, so you think it's a coupling of equals? The kid is much younger, plays video games and isn't very articulate as he spouts off ideas that sound a lot like Greenwald's.

    Posted by: Jesse | Aug 21, 2013 10:15:43 AM

  8. Wow, it's so great when allegedly gay men like Jesse use the "the gays are pedophile creeps" line to bash Greenwald.

    Oh, wait......

    Ratbastard, given the history of stuff like this, the people responsible will either a) be promoted or b) fired and start doing work for private contractors where they will make a fortune.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Aug 21, 2013 10:23:09 AM

  9. Just search for "Jeffrey Toobin Preaches on Sanctity of Government Secrets Despite Once Stealing Classified Documents"

    He once stole classified & secret grand jury documents to sell a book.

    Posted by: Eric | Aug 21, 2013 10:26:12 AM

  10. It's reassuring to know that straight men don't have a monopoly on being sleazy craddle-robbers.

    Posted by: Jase | Aug 21, 2013 10:26:19 AM

  11. Toobin is a tool of the worst kind. To claim Miranda was acting as a "drug mule" is not only offensive but outrageous. Toobin has the same mentality as Republicans in this country. There is NO evidence that Miranda was carrying any kind of classified documents. If this were you traveling through an airport on a stop over to transfer planes and hauled off to a tiny room for 9 hours and your MacBook, iPhone, iPad, electronic games were taken - stolen - you'd be outraged! You'd demand the US do something but no, our Federal officials did nothing. Screw you Toobin.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 21, 2013 10:26:35 AM

  12. Mike, and Greenwald is 46 and old enough to be David's father! How much could they possibly have in common with this much of an age difference? Glenn's a bit long in the tooth to be "all up in da club!" LOL

    Now, the people who will jump on me for this comment are people who also enjoy relationships with unhealthy age differences, just watch.

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 21, 2013 10:27:40 AM

  13. So Greenwald uses his partner to move key security information admittedly stolen from the US government across international borders, and then he cries foul when the UK government intercepts the information his partner is carrying by protesting that a journalist's family member is being targeted? Kind of reminds me of when a certain type of political/military group launches rockets from a residential neighborhood and then accuses those who attack the launch sites as "attacking a residential neighborhood!!!!" If Greenwald had wanted to leave his partner out of this, he should have left his partner out of this.

    Posted by: Rich | Aug 21, 2013 10:28:04 AM

  14. Towleroad really needs to institute an identity verification system - one that can be verified and followed back. Anyone can hide behind a computer screen and post the most vile crap under any pseudonym without fear of being stopped.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 21, 2013 10:31:16 AM

  15. *RICH you gotta any proof he was using his partner to move 'key security information' or are you just blowing smoke out of your asshat?

    There is NO evidence that Miranda had anything but private information. Simply because he is married to Greenwald does not make him a drug mule or carrier of secret documents. People amaze me that they can be so stooped.

    As for the age difference @Keith. The guy is OVER 21. If he wants to marry a 95 year old man that's nobody's business but his. To claim it is wrong to marry someone younger - even by 20 years - is ridiculous.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 21, 2013 10:35:36 AM

  16. In CNN "legal analyst" Jeffrey Toobin's warped little mind, David Miranda should consider himself fortunate that he was only detained and interogated by British "anti-terrorism" police for nine hours. Thank you Corporate US newsmedia for destroying any semblance of professional journalism in America.

    Posted by: Ryan Hartley | Aug 21, 2013 10:35:40 AM

  17. @JESSE -- Miranda is younger than Greenwald, likes to play video games and isn't as articulate as you think he should be. How does your criticism supersede the crux of the article? [Btw, English isn't Miranda's first language.] Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras are being persecuted by the American government for exposing their illegal activity. The unlawful arrest and detention of Miranda was a warning to Greenwald and anyone else who dares question the American governnment - Do So At Your Own Peril.


    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 21, 2013 10:37:58 AM

  18. good luck getting invited to participate on a panel for any show other than ac360 mr. toobin - i imagine most journalists were not very fond of your analogy. my head turned when i heard his argument, though it wasn't surprising to hear, it was disappointing.

    the story should have remained focused on why a journalist or his partner was being questioned for suspicion of terrorism, by any western government, without evidence supporting the detention. we call it a "free press" here for a reason. or, at least we used to.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 21, 2013 10:38:54 AM

  19. Greenwald said: "Journalism is not a crime". He is correct. However journalists sometimes commit crimes and should be treated like every one else.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 21, 2013 10:48:56 AM

  20. it's sad that so many people are willing to be obedient sheep to the surveillance police state

    the criticism of their personal relationship is laughable and barely deserves mention

    Posted by: gomez | Aug 21, 2013 10:53:59 AM

  21. I don't think you have to be an obedient sheep to point out that the partner was being used to transport potentially illicitly-gained files, and saying he had no idea what was on them doesn't make it okay.

    The personal insults about Greenwald and his younger partner are typical of this smart site's dumb, LCD commenters.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Aug 21, 2013 11:17:29 AM

  22. The wuss was held 9 wholes hours? Geez......It's like 911 never happened to these Boffos....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Aug 21, 2013 11:24:24 AM

  23. Since when is a 28 twenty eight year old man a KID??
    Think that says a lot about YOU Jesse.

    Posted by: renovato | Aug 21, 2013 11:46:19 AM

  24. I'd say he's a kid compared to someone nearly 20 years old than him. Playing video games and married to someone educated and successful like Greenwald.

    Please try harder at a turnabout next time.

    Posted by: Jesse | Aug 21, 2013 11:53:09 AM

  25. Greenwald isn't popular among journalists who consider him below freelancer to the status of "blogger", which in pro journalism circles is the lowest of the low.

    The core problem is that there are no good regulations regarding what constitutes classified information. The govt. can classify any information it wants, and thereby making very innocuous things illegal. The govt. also makes little effort in many cases to ensure the secrecy of classified information, so journalists are almost always in possession of classified information but often don't know it, nor would they know how to handle such information. It's a complete mess that is a good example of how bad laws and regulations produce bad outcomes.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 21, 2013 12:08:43 PM

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