August 30, 2013

Court Grants UK Police Right to View Snowden Files, Glenn Greenwald's Gay Porn Collection UPDATE: Contained UK "NOC List"

Remember when Glenn Greenwald got all in a hissy fit when his "partner" was detained at Heathrow airport and his hard drive and memory sticks were seized? A court has now given police authority to go ahead and look at the files.

I'd hate to be the poor cop who is forced to look through this because, come on, you know what other stuff is on that hard drive in addition to NSA files stolen by Edward Snowden:

The high court has granted the Metropolitan police extended powers to investigate whether crimes related to terrorism and breaches of the Official Secrets Act have been committed following the seizure of data at Heathrow from David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist.

At a hearing in front of Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, lawyers for Miranda said they had agreed to the terms of wider police powers to investigate a hard drive and memory sticks containing encrypted material that were seized on 18 August. Previously the inspection had been conducted on the narrower grounds of national security.

Following the court ruling, the police will now be allowed to examine the material to investigate whether a crime of "communication of material to an enemy" has been committed as well as possible crimes of communication of material about members of the military and intelligence services that could be useful to terrorists.

My advice: just close your eyes and think of England.

UPDATE: From the Blaze:

United Kingdom authorities say they made an astonishing discovery when they detained David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, earlier this month at Heathrow Airport.

Miranda had hidden among the 58,000 documents he was carrying some extremely sensitive national security data, and, according to a U.K. national security adviser. Miranda also was in possession of nearly thirty hours of hardcore gay porn, he added

I might have made that last part up.

But all kidding aside, check this out:

Robbins said that the case material included 58,000 documents that were “highly classified U.K. intelligence documents.” ...

The material contains “personal information that would allow British intelligence staff to be identified,” including overseas.

In what could be a particularly troubling development, the U.K. government has “had” to assume that Snowden’s data is in the hands of foreign governments to which he has traveled: Hong Kong and Russia.

That's some "whistleblower", huh? He's carrying around the UK's "NOC list" (NOC = Non Official Cover). I'm pretty sure I've seen a movie or two about how bad that would be if it fell into the wrong hands.

But don't worry, Glenn Greenwald assures us that he and Edward Snowden are too smart to let sensitive information fall into the wrong hands. Trust them.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:23 AM | Comments |