Short one today:
David Miranda is lying. Why are the Guardian not reporting this?
The Guardian said they paid for his flights and expenses because he was “assisting a reporter [Greenwald] in his work”. They said “as his partner he often assists [Greenwald] in his work.”
Yet in their own interview with him Miranda denied assisting Greenwald in his work on the story, claiming to have had nothing to do with it, and not to know what had been taken from him:
“It is clear why they took me. It’s because I’m Glenn’s partner. Because I went to Berlin. Because Laura lives there. So they think I have a big connection,” he said. “But I don’t have a role. I don’t look at documents. I don’t even know if it was documents that I was carrying. It could have been for the movie that Laura is working on.”
Believable? No, not at all. But not questioned by the Guardian despite their statement that his flights (and expenses) were paid for because he was “assisting a journalist with his story”.
But have a look at this video from yesterday’s blog, and slide the cursor to 5:05, to see Miranda again lying through his teeth: Greenwald, next to him, cannot supress his smirk. CNN’s anchor asks if Miranda was muling classified intelligence:
“I don’t know that… I was just taking the fil- … those materials back to Glenn. You know Glenn been working with a lot of stories along the years…I didn’t quite follow everything that he writes every day…I can’t follow him, because I have to have a life.”
Uh-huh. So now we have Miranda saying not only that he didn’t know what he was muling but that he didn’t even know which story he was supposedly working on! You know, my husband writes lots of stories! Who can keep track of them? Certainly not David Miranda. He flew Rio-Berlin to meet with Snowden hagiograpgher Laura Poitras, but the story might not have been about Snowden! It could have been about German architecture, or the decline in real schnapps production! How is David Miranda supposed to know, dudes? He has to have a life!
Only, Miranda quite clearly and distinctly says to camera “I was just taking the files” then stops himself (as Greenwald smirks) and substitutes Rusbridger’s “[journalistic] materials” just in time.
This is nice, easy, simple proof that David Miranda and Glenn Greenwald are speaking falsely. Miranda knew he was muling classified intel, and Glenn Greenwald knew his spouse was held for that reason and NOT “to intimidate me” as he claimed.
Why isn’t the Guardian reporting on this?
They are cover-up merchants supreme.
I have no doubt they fear what authorities in London and Washington now know from Miranda’s “encrypted” thumb drives. In an editorial today Alan Rusbridger made it quite clear his paper was not going to respect British judges or obey British law:
…prevent publication of further material by legal means. To have resisted such action would have involved handing over ultimate control of the material to a judge and could have meant that no stories could have been published for many months, if at all.
Damn those pesky judges and the rule of law!