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Home Office backs Miranda detention
The Home Office has defended the decision to detain David Miranda under terrorism laws, saying the Government and police "have a duty to protect the public and our national security".
The detention of Mr Miranda, the partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, at Heathrow Airport has sparked controversy amid claims that it was an effort by authorities to intimidate journalists.
Scotland Yard has defended the use of the Terrorism Act to detain Mr Miranda as he changed planes on a journey from Berlin to his home in Brazil as "legally and procedurally sound".
And the Home Office appeared to back the decision as a spokesman 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 we will not comment on the specifics."
Mr Miranda claimed he was questioned about his "entire life" by six agents who took his "computer, video game, mobile phone, my memory card - everything", while being held for nine hours under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Mr Greenwald - the reporter who interviewed American whistleblower Edward Snowden - called his partner's detention a "profound attack on press freedoms and the news-gathering process".
"To detain my partner for a full nine hours while denying him a lawyer, and then seize large amounts of his possessions, is clearly intended to send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting on the NSA (US National Security Agency) and GCHQ," he said.
The Home Office's comment came as Scotland Yard maintained that its use of the Terrorism Act to detain Mr Miranda was "legally and procedurally sound".
The Yard said in a statement: "Our assessment is that the use of the power in this case was legally and procedurally sound. Contrary to some reports, the man was offered legal representation while under examination and a solicitor attended. No complaint has been received by the Metropolitan Police Service at this time."