Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch questions decision to detain David Miranda

21 August, 2013

Sherlock star questions David Miranda terror detention  Benedict Cumberbatch holds up a sign in protest over David Miranda’s detention (Picture: WENN)

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has launched a silent protest over the decision to detain the partner of a Guardian journalist under anti-terror laws.

Cumberbatch, who later this year will be seen in cinemas portraying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, brandished a series of messages criticising the government and police over the detention of David Miranda, the partner of Glenn Greenwald.

The 37-year-old held up four pieces of paper to photographers who were hoping to catch a glimpse of him and Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman during filming on location in London.

‘Questions we have a right to ask in a democracy – [David] Cameron, Theresa May, GCHQ, teachers, parents, each other… Hard drives smashed, journalists detained at airports. Democracy?’ the first two pages read.

Pages three and four continued: ‘Schedule 7 Prior restraint – is this erosion of civil liberties winning the war on terror?

‘What do they not want you to know? And how did they get to know it? Does the exposure of their techniques cause a threat to our security or does it just cause them embarrassment?’

It emerged over the weekend that Mr Miranda had been detained under the controversial Schedule 7 section of the Terrorism Act 2000, which only applies to airports and ports, and had his laptop, mobile phone and memory stick seized.

Mr Greenwald, who has written stories for the Guardian based on material passed to him by National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, said the detention was an act of intimidation, while Mr Miranda has threatened legal action if his possessions are not returned.


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