There is a big debate about the nine hour detention of Daniel Ellsberg last week. All over the TV morning shows and so on – but maybe we’ll see less of that soon?
David Miranda is the husband of a journalist at news paper The Guardian. The journalist – not Daniel – is working on articles related to information from Edward Snowden. The detention was formally lawful, a sample of what a terrorist law can achieve.
Apart from in-convening Daniel, they also withheld all his electronic equipment, an act that is now being scrutinized by the high court.
As if that is not enough, the news paper was coerced into physically destroying media containing the NSA files some weeks ago, using the carry-all argument ”national security”.
Last in the row of mysterious things happening over here in UK is the sudden wake-up of another news paper, The Independent, which claim to also have some NSA files to share. A Guardian article speculates that maybe the source of this more sensitive information – which Snowden denies came from him – is from some organisation that wants to decrease the value of the Snowden brand no matter if the cost is human lives or not. I take it all with a grain of salt since the two news papers are fierce rivals and NSA files is hot stuff; both want to look exclusive.
No doubt UK and US spin doctors take another glass of wine when they can start discussing Syria and chemical weapons instead of this homeland corruption.