Greenwald Quits Guardian to Start News Site
Glenn Greenwald says it's a 'dream journalistic opportunity'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2013 6:10 AM CDT
Glenn Greenwald.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) 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.

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Oct 18, 2013 6:59 AM CDT
One up-vote here. I am one American who still stands for the 1st amendment (oh, and ALL the rest of them as well, in case you're interested). I'm saddened by the fascist position being taken by some individuals who would have us drinking the Kool-Aid and repeating the mantra "our government is great, our government is good, our government can do no harm". Chok di Khun Glenn!
Oct 16, 2013 9:10 AM CDT
Is it okay if the rest of us REALLY just don't care?
Oct 16, 2013 6:56 AM CDT
Just in time for the even bigger Snowdon NSA revelations. If he gets the procedures right, this could be a good avenue for future Wikileaks.