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Brazil: Love between Greenwald and Miranda stronger than ever01:28

Brazil: Love between Greenwald and Miranda stronger than ever

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
August 21, 2013 at 21:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil: Love between Greenwald and Miranda stronger than ever

Despite being held in the transit zone of Heathrow airport, David Miranda emphasised that the love between him and his husband Glenn Greenwald has grown stronger than ever in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Greenwald has been under pressure since he began publishing articles for the Guardian detailing NSA surveillance activities based on documents given to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden in June. Although Miranda is not himself a journalist, he has frequently provided assistance to his husband on breaking the US and UK spying stories.

Miranda was en route to Brazil to be reunited with Greenwald when airport security detained him for nine hours, the maximum time allowed under Schedule 7 of the UK Terrorism Act 2000. Authorities confiscated all of Miranda's electronics, including his laptop, gaming console, and data storage devices without filing any charges before releasing the Brazilian.

Miranda also expressed his anger at being detained in the UK and stated that he wants his government to 'not let it happen' to any other Brazilian who travels abroad. In Miranda's eyes, Snowden is a 'hero' who has exposed the power of governments to do 'whatever they want' under the pretext of national security.

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Brazil: Love between Greenwald and Miranda stronger than ever

Despite being held in the transit zone of Heathrow airport, David Miranda emphasised that the love between him and his husband Glenn Greenwald has grown stronger than ever in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Greenwald has been under pressure since he began publishing articles for the Guardian detailing NSA surveillance activities based on documents given to him by whistleblower Edward Snowden in June. Although Miranda is not himself a journalist, he has frequently provided assistance to his husband on breaking the US and UK spying stories.

Miranda was en route to Brazil to be reunited with Greenwald when airport security detained him for nine hours, the maximum time allowed under Schedule 7 of the UK Terrorism Act 2000. Authorities confiscated all of Miranda's electronics, including his laptop, gaming console, and data storage devices without filing any charges before releasing the Brazilian.

Miranda also expressed his anger at being detained in the UK and stated that he wants his government to 'not let it happen' to any other Brazilian who travels abroad. In Miranda's eyes, Snowden is a 'hero' who has exposed the power of governments to do 'whatever they want' under the pretext of national security.

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