Scotland Yard has defended the detention of the partner of a Guardian journalist at the centre of revelations about US and British security services, saying it was ‘legally and procedurally sound’.
The police force also denied allegations David Miranda, 28, was not given access to a lawyer while he was being questioned.
Mr Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald, was held under anti-terrorism laws for nine hours at Heathrow airport as he changed planes during his journey from Berlin to his home in Brazil.
Mr Greenwald, who has worked closely with American whistle-blower Edward Snowden while reporting on the actions of the NSA and GCHQ security services, described Mr Miranda’s detention as a ‘profound attack on press freedoms and the news-gathering process’.
However, in response the Metropolitan police said the use of the Terrorism Act to detain the Brazilian national had been ‘legally sound’.
The force said in a statement:…
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