Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who made the UK's Guardian a must-read in America by breaking major NSA scoops, is leaving the paper for a new media organization. Greenwald says he had not intended to announce his departure just yet, but the news was revealed by BuzzFeed yesterday. "Because this news leaked before we were prepared to announce it, I'm not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture, but it will be unveiled very shortly," he wrote in a statement on his website.
But details on what Greenwald describes as a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline" are already emerging. Greenwald himself confirms to the New York Times that it will be a website, and he will not be "a boss—a publisher or editor in chief." Reuters reports that the venture will be at least partially funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who already owns a subscription-based news site in Hawaii. And the Washington Post says the new site has already tried to headhunt Greenwald's NSA reporting partner Laura Poitras, and the Nation's national security reporter, Jeremy Scahill.