Lawyer for Edward Snowden Detained at Heathrow Airport

February 17, 2014
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Even as the journalists who broke the stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks were awarded one of journalism’s highest honors, a lawyer who represents Snowden was detained while going through customs at London’s Heathrow Airport. Jesselyn Radack told Firedoglake she was subjected to "very hostile questioning" about Snowden and her trips to Russia. Radack was also told she was on an "inhibited persons list," a designation reportedly used by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to require further vetting of certain passengers. Last August Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained for nearly nine hours at Heathrow under a British anti-terrorism law. After the George Polk awards were announced, Greenwald tweeted, "In the U.K. government, this is known as the George Polk Award for Excellence in Terrorism."