You might have seen that Glenn Greenwald’s boyfriend was abducted and robbed by uniformed goons at Heathrow Airport yesterday. They have a piece of paper called the “Terrorism Act 2000”, which they think is justification. His boyfriend was held for nine hours, during which his mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles were stolen.
Since it’s Greenwald who is the journalist who has done such wonderful work to bring us the Snowden revelations among other things, it’s not clear what the goons hoped to gain from taking all those items from his boyfriend. Apart from compromising photos, say. Greenwald is far too smart to leave anything on such devices which governments would want to see. Anyway, he’s a fighter. He’s not easily intimidated and he’s coming out swinging.
Speaking to reporters at Rio de Janeiro’s airport, Mr Greenwald said Britain will be “sorry” for detaining his partner for nine hours.
Mr Greenwald said: “I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents.
“I am going to publish things on England too. I have many documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did.”
Front row seats and a mega-bucket of popcorn please. Some might regard his intentions as being “anti-British”. Some Americans would regard them as being anti-American if the threat was directed that way. This is nonsense of course. He’s aiming right at the regime which targeted his boyfriend as a means of getting to him. There’s not the slightest anti-British feeling about it. I wish him the best of luck. Make the details juicy. Make them sweat.