Benedict Cumberbatch holds up signs protesting the British government’s detention of journalist’s partner


Benedict Cumberbatch is developing a habit of holding up signs for the paparazzi. Just a few days ago he held up a sign telling the paparazzi to “Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important,” but now it looks like he wants the paparazzi to stay and photograph him so he can get more messages out there.

In a three-part sign message Benedict appears to be protesting the British government detention of The Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda at the airport. Glenn Greenwald is the writer who interviewed “whistleblower” Edward Snowden.

Sunday Miranda was held at London’s Heathrow Airport under Section 7 of the British Terrorism Act for the longest amount of time he could be held without being charges: nine hours. The Guardian reports that when he was released, they confiscated his “mobile phone, laptop, camera, memory sticks, DVDs and games consoles.”

Here’s Benedict’s full message:

1. Hard drives smashed, journalist detained at airports . . . Democracy?

2. Schedule 7 Prior restraint Is this erosion of civil liberties winning the war on terror . . .?

3. What do they not want you to know? And how did they get to know it? does the exposure of the ir techniques cause a threat to our security or doe sit just cause them embarrassment . . . ?

The Sherlock Holmes star recently played Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, and his next role is portraying Stephen Hawking in the early stages of finding out he has Lou Gerig’s disease (or ALS.) Even though Cumberbatch will be reenacting parts of Hawkin’s life, the film is a documentary that Hawking himself wrote, narrated, directed.




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