A Home Office spokesperson said: “The government and the police have a duty to protect the public and our national security. If the police believe that an individual is in possession of highly sensitive stolen information that would help terrorism, then they should act and the law provides them with a framework to do that. Those who oppose this sort of action need to think about what they are condoning. This is an ongoing police inquiry so will not comment on the specifics.”Isn't this what we've been saying since, oh, since this happened? Despite the attempt to turn this into some sort of a nefarious new world order crackdown on freedom of the press, no principle, and certainly no law, protecting the freedom of the press entitles employees of media organizations to roam free across the globe while in possession of contraband or highly sensitive stolen documents - business or government (or with any stolen property for that matter).
Greenwald and his Brazillian boyfriend have threatened legal action against Britain, and Greenwald has vowed vengeance. But they do not seem to be cognizant of a few basic principles of life:
The "when in Rome" principle - you go to another country and their airport, you play by their rules. Don't get bent out of shape when the laws you voluntarily subjected yourself to get enforced on you.
The "theft is not journalism" principle - smuggling something that isn't yours across international borders doesn't make you a journalist; it makes you a thief and a smuggler.
The "bullying backfires" principle - Greenwald and Co. have tried to bully the US and UK governments again and again. Weeks ago, Greenwald threatened the US government with its "worst nightmare" if something should happen to Edward Snowden. Days ago, he threatened the UK government with basically the same thing after his young partner in crime got held up. Greenwald and The Guardian have acted far more like bullies than like ethical, impartial journalists. They shouldn't be suddenly surprised that their bullying is backfiring.
Judging by Greenwald's temperature, though, I'd say he's getting worried. He wouldn't be this animated about his letter-carrier's (I mean, his lover's) hold-up if there weren't something in the confiscated items that makes him sweat bullets. That would also explain the spring in the British government's step.
I'm grabbing popcorn.