In keeping with the 24 Hour Rule, Tuesday brought to light a series of new details and raised more questions about how a British intelligence goon squad forced staffers from The Guardian to destroy one or more computers containing Snowden-related documents. First and foremost, and contrary to what was implied in editor Alan Rusbridger's think-piece, it turns out that the British GCHQ officials didn't force The Guardian staffers to destroy the computers.
Glenn Greenwald's misleading reporting on events surrounding his boyfriend's detainment has yet again distorted the truth behind a pretty important topic. Just as the clear overreach of the NSA has been obfuscated by the screeching from the libertarian left, David Miranda's run in with the British government warrants some serious questions that authorities do need to answer.
Early Sunday morning, Glenn Greenwald learned that his Brazilian partner, David Miranda, was detained and interrogated for nine hours by security officials at London's Heathrow airport. The officials also seized Miranda's electronic devices: his phone, laptop and so forth. On the surface, and at first glance, this was a horribly tone-deaf and heavy-handed move by British officials, especially knowing that Miranda was apparently detained under the U.K.'s Terrorism Act of 2000, Schedule 7.