David Miranda, a Brazilian citizen and partner of lawyer-turned-reporter Glenn Greenwald, has retained two firms as he threatens legal action against the British government after being detained for nine hours at London’s Heathrow airport this past weekend.
While not a reporter himself, Miranda has been assisting Greenwald, a former litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz who has been busy the past two months breaking major stories on national security and government surveillance for
. The British newspaper’s editor-in-chief,
wrote in a column this week
about the pressure he’s received from U.K. authorities to destroy materials leaked to Greenwald by former CIA and National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The Am Law Daily has learned that
The Guardian’s Manchester-based parent company Guardian Media Group has also been relying on a robust team of outside lawyers in the U.S. and U.K. as part of its larger effort publishing stories on secret surveillance programs in both countries.
Schulz and Stillman are handling NSA–related matters for Guardian Media, while Korzenik has long served as the company’s outside counsel on traditional newsroom legal issues. Schulz and Korzenik are well-versed in First Amendment law, a U.S. protection that Rusbridger noted in his column this week
The Guardian could invoke by editing national security stories out of the newspaper’s New York office.
The Am Law Daily
touched on Greenwald’s time in private practice back in June—after leaving Wachtell he went on to form his own New York litigation boutique—for a
story about Snowden’s surveillance leaks
and Covington & Burling’s work advising several technology companies in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act matters with the NSA.
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington, D.C.–based think tank,
recently published a report
showing that U.S. technology companies stand to lose between $22 billion and $25 billion over the next three years as a result of revelations regarding the NSA’s secret spying programs.