Britain: David Miranda Involved in ‘Espionage’ and ‘Terrorism’

Statement Insists Reporting Is Terrorism

The lawsuits surrounding the British government’s detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda took an odd turn today with the introduction of a statement prepared by Scotland Yard which accused him of involvement in “espionage” and “terrorism.

The statement sought to justify the detention of Miranda at an airport during his flight to Brazil, and the espionage claim was never justified, beyond the claim that he “had the potential to act against the interests of UK national security.”

The “terrorism” justification is just flat out shocking, however, since it insists that advocacy journalism “falls within the definition of terrorism” because it involves disclosures which are “designed to influence a government.”

The argument is particularly bizarre because despite the detention and confiscation of Miranda’s personal effects, there was no arrest made. Greenwald was particularly critical of the report, noting they are “explicitly equating terrorism with journalism.”

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.