Joshua Foust reports on a hearing today in the UK about the government’s detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda. There was apparently much more to that incident than we previously knew. Excerpt:

  • Statement from senior Cabinet Office civil servant to #miranda case says material was 58000 ‘highly classified UK intelligence documents’
  • Police who seized documents from #miranda found among them a piece of paper with the decryption password, the statement says
  • This password allowed them to decrypt one file on his seized hard drive, adds Oliver Robbins, Cabinet Office security adviser #miranda
  • The Govt believes Edward Snowden, the NSA ‘whistleblower’, “indiscriminately appropriated material in bulk” #miranda
  • The material contains personal information that would allow British intelligence staff to be identified, inc some overseas, it adds #miranda
  • The Govt has had to assume Snowden data is now in the hands of foreign governments, since his travel abroad (to HK and Russia) #miranda
  • Statement specifically says UK but they haven’t finish decrypting yet
  • It is “impossible” for Glenn Greenwald or any other journalist to determine which info could damage UK national security: Robbins statement
  • “The claimant & his associates have demonstrated very poor judgment in their security arrangements with respect to the material…”#miranda“…
  • rendering the appropriation of the material, or at least access to it by other, non-State actors, a real possibility” #miranda

In other words, David Miranda was allegedly carrying top-secret British intelligence documents, including information that could identify British spies abroad, and Greenwald & Co. were so lax with their security — including Miranda’s traveling with a code that would allow someone to decrypt the documents he also carried — that the information could have been accessed by terrorists.

That’s not nothing. To put it mildly.

Alan Rusbridger of The Guardian vigorously disputes the government’s claims, as does Miranda’s lawyer.