Partner of NSA leaks journalist held for 9 hours
LONDON, England (AFP) - Rights group Amnesty International on Sunday accused British authorities of "unwarranted revenge tactics" after the partner of a journalist responsible for publishing US surveillance revelations was detained for nine hours.
Metropolitan Police confirmed that David Miranda, husband of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was held at London's Heathrow Airport. He was passing through on his way home to Rio de Janeiro from Berlin.
"A 28-year-old man was detained at Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000," said a police spokesman. "He was not arrested. He was subsequently released," he added.
Mr Greenwald analysed and published information on documents released by former US security operative Edward Snowden, which revealed mass surveillance programmes by the US National Security Agency (NSA).