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White House Had Advance Notice on Heathrow Detention



The White House was given advance notice of the British government’s plans to detain the partner of the Guardian reporter who has written a series of high-profile stories about U.S. surveillance practices, a spokesman said Monday.

In the daily White House  briefing, spokesman Josh Earnest declined to condemn the detainment and didn’t directly answer questions about whether U.S. officials expressed any concern to their British counterparts about the U.K.’s plans.

“This was something we had an indication was likely to occur,” Mr. Earnest said. “But it’s not something we requested.”

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“This was something we had an indication was likely to occur,” Mr. Earnest said. “But it’s not something we requested.”

Oh I would definitely believe a White house spokesman.

Wouldn't you?


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“This was something we had an indication was likely to occur,” Mr. Earnest said. “But it’s not something we requested.”

Ri-i-i-i-ght.

So the Brits call up, say "hey, this chump's partner is coming through Heathrow, you want us to detain him?"

Obama:  silence

That's all the Brits needed to hear - nothing, no objection to the planned detention.

Obama consented to, approved of, and ratified this detention, notwithstanding that he, or whomever answered the phone, didn't actually say "yes."

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That's all the Brits needed to hear - nothing, no objection to the planned detention.

Obama consented to, approved of, and ratified this detention, notwithstanding that he, or whomever answered the phone, didn't actually say "yes."

Woah there, my friend. That is insulting.

You forgetting Snowden/Grunwald also blew the lid off our far more extensive spying program? That caused annoyance with our PTB. No need for Obama's permission.
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Woah there, my friend. That is insulting.

You forgetting Snowden/Grunwald also blew the lid off our far more extensive spying program? That caused annoyance with our PTB. No need for Obama's permission.

With all due respect to the UK, I don't think the UK are the US' lackies or lapdogs; however, if - I stress if - there was coordination between the US and the UK - the UK being the only party in position to act - then the UK would not have needed some sort of affirmative agreement with the US to conclude that there was, in fact, agreement.

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With all due respect to the UK, I don't think the UK are the US' lackies or lapdogs; however, if - I stress if - there was coordination between the US and the UK - the UK being the only party in position to act - then the UK would not have needed some sort of affirmative agreement with the US to conclude that there was, in fact, agreement.

Fair enough. I read your comment when I had just woken.  :beer:
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