The husband of journalist Glenn
Greenwald, David Michael Miranda, was elected Sunday to Rio de
Janeiro's city council.
Rio is Miranda's hometown. He is an
LGBT activist in Brazil.
“Congratulations to Rio de Janeiro's
newest City Councilman-elect: @DavidMirandaRio!!!!!!” Greenwald
Greenwald is best known for his
reporting on classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents
leaked to him by former CIA employee Edward Snowden which revealed
the agency's surveillance programs. He wrote about the programs for
The Guardian and in a book titled No Place To Hide: Edward
Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.
British officials detained Miranda for
nine hours in 2013 at London's Heathrow Airport as he was boarding a
connecting flight from Berlin to Rio. An encrypted hard drive said
to contain documents related to Greenwald's reporting was seized by
In 2011, Greenwald said that the
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prevented him from sponsoring Miranda
for a U.S. visa. DOMA was found to be unconstitutional in 2013.
Miranda's term begins in January.