British authorities used anti-terrorism powers on Sunday to detain the partner of a journalist with close links to Edward Snowden, the former US spy agency contractor who has been granted asylum by Russia, as he passed through London's Heathrow airport.
The 28-year-old David Miranda, a Brazilian citizen and partner of US journalist Glenn Greenwald who writes for Britain's Guardian newspaper, was questioned for nine hours before being released without charge, a report on the Guardian website said.
A British Metropolitan Police Service spokesman said a 28-year-old male had been detained at Heathrow airport under provisions of the 2000 Terrorism Act. That law gives British border officials the right to question someone "to determine if that individual is a person concerned in the commission, preparation or execution of acts of terrorism."
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