Glenn Edward Greenwald (born March 6, 1967) is an American journalist
and author, best known for his role in a series of reports published
newspaper beginning in June 2013, detailing the United
States and British global surveillance programs, and based on
classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. Greenwald and
the team he worked with won both a
George Polk Award
and a Pulitzer
Prize for those reports. He has written several best-selling books,
including, No Place to Hide.
Greenwald's work on the Snowden story was featured in the documentary,
Citizenfour, which won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary
Feature. Greenwald appeared on-stage with director
Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsey Mills, when the Oscar was given. In
feature film Snowden, Greenwald was played by
actor Zachary Quinto.
Before the Snowden file disclosures, Greenwald was widely considered
one of the most influential opinion columnists in the United
States. After working as a constitutional attorney for ten years,
he began blogging on national security issues before becoming a Salon
contributor in 2007 and then moving to
in 2012. He
currently writes for and co-edits The Intercept, which he founded in
and Jeremy Scahill.
1 Early life and education
2.1 Litigation attorney
2.2 Unclaimed Territory and Salon
2.3 The Guardian
First Look Media
First Look Media and The Intercept
2.5 Guest appearances
Global surveillance disclosure
3.1 Contact with Edward Snowden
3.2 Detention of David Miranda
3.3.1 National Congress of Brazil
3.3.2 European Parliament
4 Political views
6 Personal life
10 Further reading
11 External links
Early life and education
Greenwald was born in New York City to Arlene and Daniel Greenwald.
Greenwald's family moved to
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida when he was an
infant. His parents are Jewish and they and his
grandparents tried to introduce him to Judaism, but he grew up without
practicing an organized religion, did not have a bar mitzvah, and has
said his "moral precepts aren't informed in any way by religious
doctrine". He received a BA in Philosophy from George Washington
University in 1990 and a JD from
New York University
New York University School of Law in
Greenwald practiced law in the Litigation Department at Wachtell,
Lipton, Rosen & Katz (1994–1995); in 1996 he co-founded his own
litigation firm, called Greenwald Christoph & Holland (later
renamed Greenwald Christoph PC), where he litigated cases concerning
issues of U.S. constitutional law and civil rights. One of his
higher-profile cases was the representation of white supremacist
Matthew F. Hale.
About his work in First Amendment speech cases, Greenwald told Rolling
Stone magazine in 2013, "to me, it's a heroic attribute to be so
committed to a principle that you apply it not when it's easy...not
when it supports your position, not when it protects people you like,
but when it defends and protects people that you hate".
Later, according to Greenwald, "I decided voluntarily to wind down my
practice in 2005 because I could, and because, after ten years, I was
bored with litigating full-time and wanted to do other things which I
thought were more engaging and could make more of an impact, including
In the early 2000s, Greenwald was a partner in an LLC.
Unclaimed Territory and Salon
In October 2005, he began his blog Unclaimed Territory focusing on the
investigation pertaining to the Plame affair, the CIA leak grand jury
investigation, the federal indictment of
Scooter Libby and the NSA
warrantless surveillance (2001–07) controversy. In April 2006, the
blog received the 2005 Koufax Award for "Best New Blog".
In February 2007, Greenwald became a contributing writer for the Salon
website, and the new column and blog superseded Unclaimed Territory,
although Salon prominently features hyperlinks to it in Greenwald's
dedicated biographical section.
Among the frequent topics of his Salon articles were the investigation
2001 anthrax attacks
2001 anthrax attacks and the candidacy of former CIA official
John O. Brennan
John O. Brennan for the jobs of either Director of the Central
Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) or the next Director of National
Intelligence (DNI) after the election of Barack Obama. Brennan
withdrew his name from consideration for the post after opposition
centered in liberal blogs and led by
Greenwald. Brennan took up the leadership
position at the CIA again, in March 2013.
Greenwald left Salon on August 20, 2012, for the American off-shoot of
The Guardian newspaper, citing "the opportunity to reach a
new audience, to further internationalize my readership, and to be
re-invigorated by a different environment" as reasons for the
On June 5, 2013, Greenwald was first to report on the top-secret
United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order requiring
Verizon to provide the
National Security Agency
National Security Agency with telephone
metadata for all calls between the U.S. and abroad, as well as all
domestic calls. He was a columnist until October
Verizon Communications § NSA Collection of
First Look Media
First Look Media and The Intercept
Main article: First Look Media
On October 15, 2013, Greenwald announced, and
The Guardian confirmed,
that he was leaving to pursue a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic
opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline".
Financial backing for the new venture was provided by Pierre Omidyar,
the eBay founder. Omidyar told media critic
Jay Rosen that the
decision was fueled by his "rising concern about press freedoms in the
United States and around the world". Greenwald, along with his
Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, initially were working on
creating a place online to support independent journalism, when they
were approached by Omidyar who was looking to start his own media
organization. That news organization, First Look Media, launched its
first online publication, called, The Intercept, on February 10,
2014. Greenwald serves as editor, alongside
Laura Poitras and
Jeremy Scahill. The organization is incorporated as a 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt charitable entity.
Greenwald has appeared as a round table guest on ABC's Sunday morning
news show This Week, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Comedy Central's
The Colbert Report, NPR's All Things Considered, C-SPAN's Washington
Journal; Pacifica Radio's syndicated series
Democracy Now! with Amy
Goodman; on Public Radio International's To the Point; MSNBC's
Rachel Maddow Show, Morning Joe, The Last Word with Lawrence
O'Donnell, Up with Chris Hayes, Dylan Ratigan's Morning Meeting; Fox
Special Report with Brit Hume, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and
Chapo Trap House
Chapo Trap House podcast.
Greenwald has been a regular guest on the
Hugh Hewitt Show
Hugh Hewitt Show and on
PBS's Bill Moyers Journal.
On September 15, 2014, he was a headline speaker at Kim Dotcom's
Moment of Truth town hall meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Greenwald's first book,
How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American
Values From a President Run Amok was published by
Working Assets in
2006. It was a New York Times bestseller, and ranked #1 on
Amazon.com, both before its publication (due to orders based on
attention from 'UT' readers and other bloggers) and for several days
after its release, ending its first week at #293.
A Tragic Legacy, his second book, examines the presidency of George W.
Bush. Published in hardback by Crown (a division of Random House) on
June 26, 2007, and reprinted in a paperback edition by Three Rivers
Press on April 8, 2008, it was a New York Times Best Seller.
His third book, Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of
Republican Politics, was published by
Random House in April 2008, the
same month that
Three Rivers Press reissued
A Tragic Legacy in
His fourth book, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is
Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, was released by
Metropolitan Books in October 2011.
Greenwald's fifth book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and
the U.S. Surveillance State, was released in May 2014. It spent
six weeks on The
New York Times Best Seller list, and was named
one of the ten Best Non-Fiction Books of 2014 by The Christian Science
Global surveillance disclosure
Main article: 2013
Global surveillance disclosure
Contact with Edward Snowden
Snowden, Poitras, and Greenwald were the recipients of the 2014 Carl
von Ossietzky medal.
Greenwald was first contacted by Edward Snowden, a former contractor
for the U.S. National Security Agency, in late 2012. Snowden
contacted Greenwald anonymously and said he had "sensitive documents"
that he would like to share. Greenwald found the measures that the
source asked him to take to secure their communications too annoying
to employ. Snowden then contacted documentary filmmaker Laura
Poitras about a month later in January 2013.
According to The Guardian, what originally attracted Snowden to both
Greenwald and Poitras was a Salon article penned by Greenwald
detailing how Poitras' controversial films had made her a "target of
the government". Greenwald began working with Snowden in
either February  or in April, after Poitras asked Greenwald to
meet her in New York City, at which point Snowden began providing
documents to them both.
As part of the global surveillance disclosure, the first of Snowden's
documents were published on June 5, 2013, in
The Guardian in an
article by Greenwald. According to him, Snowden's documents exposed
the "scale of domestic surveillance under Obama".
The series on which Greenwald worked contributed to The Guardian
(alongside The Washington Post) winning the
Pulitzer Prize for Public
Service in 2014.
Detention of David Miranda
Greenwald (right) and his partner David Miranda in 2013
In August 2013, the Metropolitan Police detained Greenwald's partner
David Miranda at London's
Heathrow Airport under Schedule 7 of the
Terrorism Act 2000, after he had flown in from Berlin and was changing
to a plane bound for home, in Rio de Janeiro. His belongings
were seized, including an external hard drive said to contain
sensitive documents relevant to Greenwald's reporting, which was
TrueCrypt encryption software.
Greenwald described his partner's detention as "clearly intended to
send a message of intimidation to those of us who have been reporting
on the NSA and GCHQ". Miranda was detained for nine hours and his
laptop and other items were seized. He has since attempted to sue the
Metropolitan Police for misuse of their powers. According to The
Guardian, the claim, "challenging controversial powers used under
schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000, maintains that Miranda was not
involved in terrorism and says his right to freedom of expression was
According to a later article in The Guardian, Miranda was found to
have been carrying an external hard drive containing 58,000 highly
classified UK intelligence documents, and his detention was ruled
lawful by the UK High Court, which accepted that Miranda's detention
and the seizure of computer material was "an indirect interference
with press freedom", but said this was justified by legitimate and
"very pressing" interests of national security.
Members of the
Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) in the British
Parliament said that allowing police to stop and search suspects at
airports without suspicion was “not inherently incompatible” with
human rights. MPs and peers said they agreed anti-terror officers
should be able to “stop, question, request documentation and
physically search persons and property” even when they did not have
reasonable suspicion that an offence had been committed, but urged the
government to introduce new restrictions on powers such as
strip-searches, detentions, and searches of the contents of electronic
devices such as laptops and smart phones, and said that these "more
intrusive" measures should take place only when officers had
reasonable suspicion that someone was involved in terrorism.
In December 2013, Greenwald and Miranda advocated for asylum in Brazil
Edward Snowden in exchange for the fugitive leaker's cooperation
in investigating the NSA. Brazil's government indicated it was not
interested in investigating the NSA.
National Congress of Brazil
In a statement delivered before the
National Congress of Brazil
National Congress of Brazil in
early August 2013, Greenwald testified that the U.S. government had
used counter-terrorism as a pretext for clandestine surveillance in
order to compete with other countries in the "business, industrial and
On December 18, 2013, Greenwald told the European Union's Committee on
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs that "most governments
around the world are not only turning their backs on Edward Snowden
but also on their ethical responsibilities". Speaking via a video
link, Greenwald asserted that, "It is the UK through their
interception of underwater fibre optic cables, that is a primary
threat to the privacy of European citizens when it comes to their
telephone and emails". According to a statement given to the European
Parliament by Greenwald:
The ultimate goal of the NSA, along with its most loyal, one might say
subservient junior partner the British agency GCHQ – when it comes
to the reason why the system of suspicion of surveillance is being
built and the objective of this system – is nothing less than the
elimination of individual privacy worldwide
— Glenn Greenwald
Miranda and Greenwald speak at the
National Congress of Brazil
National Congress of Brazil in the
wake of the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures.
Greenwald is critical of actions jointly supported by Democrats and
Republicans, writing: "The worst and most tyrannical government
actions in Washington are equally supported on a fully bipartisan
basis." In the preface to his first book, How Would a Patriot Act?
(2006), Greenwald opens with some of his own personal political
history describing his 'pre-political' self as neither liberal nor
conservative as a whole, voting neither for
George W. Bush
George W. Bush nor for any
of his rivals (indeed, not voting at all).
Bush's election to the U.S. presidency "changed" Greenwald's previous
uninvolved political attitude toward the electoral process
"completely", and in 2006 he wrote:
Over the past five years, a creeping extremism has taken hold of our
federal government, and it is threatening to radically alter our
system of government and who we are as a nation. This extremism is
neither conservative nor liberal in nature, but is instead driven by
theories of unlimited presidential power that are wholly alien, and
antithetical, to the core political values that have governed this
country since its founding"; for, "the fact that this seizure of
ever-expanding presidential power is largely justified through
endless, rank fear-mongering—fear of terrorists,
specifically—means that not only our system of government is
radically changing, but so, too, are our national character, our
national identity, and what it means to be American."
Believing that "It is incumbent upon all Americans who believe in that
system, bequeathed to us by the founders, to defend it when it is
under assault and in jeopardy. And today it is", he said: "I did not
arrive at these conclusions eagerly or because I was predisposed by
any previous partisan viewpoint. Quite the contrary."
Resistant to applying ideological labels to himself, he emphasized
that he is a strong advocate for U.S. constitutional "balance of
powers" and for constitutionally-protected civil and political
rights in his writings and public appearances.
Greenwald frequently writes about the
War on Drugs
War on Drugs and criminal
justice reform. He is a member of the advisory board of the Brazil
chapter of Law Enforcement Action Partnership. Greenwald was
also the author of a 2009 white paper published by the Cato Institute
entitled, Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Lessons for Creating
Fair and Successful Drug Policies, exploring the role of drug policy
He criticized the policies of the Bush administration and those who
supported it, arguing that most of the American "Corporate News Media"
excused Bush's policies and echoed the administration's positions
rather than asking hard questions.
Impeachment March, July 2, 2017. According to Greenwald, "...obsession
Russia conspiracy tales is poisoning all aspects of U.S.
political discourse and weakening any chance for resisting Trump’s
actual abuses and excesses."
Regarding civil liberties during the Obama presidency, he elaborated
on his conception of change when he said, "I think the only means of
true political change will come from people working outside of that
[two-party electoral] system to undermine it, and subvert it, and
weaken it, and destroy it; not try to work within it to change
it." He did, however, raise money for Russ Feingold's 2010 Senate
re-election bid, Bill Halter's 2010 primary challenge to
Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, as well as several Congressional
candidates in 2012 described as "unique".
Greenwald is critical of Israel's foreign policy and influence on U.S.
politics, a stance for which he has in turn been the subject of
criticism, which successively elicited some criticism towards
According to Greenwald, the emergence of ISIS is a direct consequence
Iraq War and NATO-led military intervention in
Libya. Greenwald has criticized U.S. and UK involvement in
Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. He wrote in October 2016:
"The atrocities committed by the Saudis would have been impossible
without their steadfast, aggressive support."
Greenwald criticized the prison conditions in which
U.S. Army Private
Chelsea Manning, the convicted
WikiLeaks whistleblower (then known as
Bradley), was held after her arrest by military authorities. As a
supporter of Manning, Greenwald described her as "a whistle-blower
acting with the noblest of motives" and "a national hero similar to
Greenwald has criticized many of the policies of the Trump
administration. He has also accused mainstream U.S. media of
"spreading patriotic state propaganda".
Greenwald has expressed skepticism of the US intelligence community's
Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential
election. Regardless of the accuracy of the assessment, Greenwald
has doubted its significance, stating "some Russians wanted to help
Trump win the election, and certain people connected to the campaign
were receptive to receiving that help. Who the fuck cares about
that?" He sees Democrats' rhetoric on
Russia as a more serious
problem, characterizing it as "unhinged". Greenwald has commented that
due to his skepticism of the significance of Russian interference in
the 2016 election, he has been "excommunicated from the liberal salons
that celebrated him in the Snowden era...now anybody who questions the
Russia consensus, “becomes a blasphemer. Becomes a heretic.
Greenwald has been placed on numerous "top 50" and "top 25" lists of
columnists in the United
States. In June 2012,
Newsweek magazine named him one of America's Top Ten Opinionists,
saying that "a righteous, controlled, and razor-sharp fury runs
through a great deal" of his writing, and: "His independent persuasion
can make him a danger or an asset to both sides of the aisle."
Greenwald in Auckland, New Zealand, September 2014
According to Nate Anderson, writing in
Ars Technica around 2010 or
Aaron Barr of
HBGary and Team Themis planned to damage
Greenwald's career as a way to respond to a potential dump of Bank of
America documents by WikiLeaks, saying that "Without the support of
people like Glenn
WikiLeaks would fold."
Josh Voorhees, writing in slate.com, reported that in 2013 congressman
Peter King (R-NY) suggested Greenwald should be arrested for his
reporting on the NSA PRISM program and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin said "I would arrest [Snowden] and now
I'd almost arrest Glenn Greenwald", but later made an apology for
his statement, which Greenwald accepted.
Journalist David Gregory accused Greenwald of aiding and abetting
Snowden, before asking, "Why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged
with a crime?"
In a 2013 interview with
Martha Raddatz of ABC News, Greenwald said
that members of Congress are being "blocked" from getting "the most
basic information about what NSA is doing... and what the FISA court
has been doing....", and specifically referenced Rep. Dutch
Ruppersberger (D-MD), a ranking member of the United States House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence ("House Intelligence
Committee"). Ruppersberger, who was a guest on the show, responded,
"We have rules as far as the committee and what you can have and what
you cannot have. However, based on that, that statement I just made,
is that since this incident occurred with Snowden, we've had three
different hearings for members of our Democratic Caucus, and the
Republican Caucus.... And we will continue to do that because what
we're trying to do now is to get the American public to know more
about what's going on." Rep. King, who was also a guest on This Week
as a ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stated: "[T]o
me it's unprecedented to have all of these top people from an
administration during this time of crisis still come in and answer
question after question after question. So anyone who says that
Congress is somehow being stonewalled is just wrong and [the question]
is generally, I think, raised by people who are trying to make a name
In a February 2014 interview, Greenwald said he believed he risked
detention if he reentered the U.S., but insisted that he would "force
the issue" on principle, and return for the "many reasons" he had to
visit, including if he won a prestigious award of which he was
rumoured to be the winner. Later that month, it was announced
that he was, in fact, among the recipients of the 2013 Polk Awards, to
be conferred April 11, 2014 in Manhattan. In a subsequent
interview, Greenwald stated he would attend the ceremony, and added:
"I absolutely refuse to be exiled from my own country for the crime of
doing journalism and I'm going to force the issue just on principle.
And I think going back for a ceremony like the Polk Awards or other
forms of journalistic awards would be a really good symbolic test of
having to put the government in the position of having to arrest
journalists who are coming back to the US to receive awards for the
journalism they have done." On April 11, Greenwald and Laura
Poitras accepted the Polk Award in Manhattan. Although their entry
into the United States was trouble-free, they traveled with an ACLU
attorney and a German journalist "to document any unpleasant
surprises". Accepting the award, Greenwald said he was "happy to see a
table full of Guardian editors and journalists, whose role in this
story is much more integral than the publicity generally
recognizes". On April 14, the
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
was awarded jointly to
The Guardian and
The Washington Post
The Washington Post for
revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the NSA. Greenwald,
Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, had contributed to The
Greenwald lives in Rio de Janeiro, the hometown of his partner, David
Miranda. Greenwald said in 2011 that his
residence in Brazil was a result of the Defense of Marriage Act, an
American law barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages that
was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court two years later. The law had
prevented his partner from receiving a visa to reside with him in the
In 2016, Miranda was elected to the
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro City Council as
part of the
In 2017, Greenwald and Miranda announced that they had adopted two
children, siblings, from Maceió, a city in Northeastern Brazil.
Greenwald comes from a Jewish background, albeit largely
non-practicing, and was never Bar Mitzvahed, stating that "My parents
tried to inculcate me a little bit into organized Judaism, but they
weren't particularly devoted to that, and my grandparents were, but it
just never took hold." He says that he does believe in "the spiritual
and mystical part of the world", including practicing yoga, but his
moral precepts "aren't informed in any way by religious doctrine or,
like, organized religion or anything."
Greenwald has also been critical of the New Atheist movement, accusing
Sam Harris and others within the movement of anti-Muslim animus.
In March 2017, Greenwald announced plans to build a shelter for stray
pets in Brazil that would be staffed by homeless people.
Greenwald has received many awards, the Park Center I. F. Stone Award
for Independent Journalism in 2008.
He then received the first
Izzy Award for independent journalism, in
2009, and the 2010 Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary
for his investigative work on the conditions of Chelsea Manning.
His reporting on the
National Security Agency
National Security Agency (NSA) won numerous other
awards around the world, including top investigative journalism prizes
George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, the
2013 Online Journalism Awards, the Esso Award for Excellence in
Reporting in Brazil for his articles in
O Globo on NSA mass
surveillance of Brazilians (becoming the first foreigner to win the
award), the 2013 Libertad de Expresion Internacional award from
Argentinian magazine Perfil, and the 2013 Pioneer Award from the
Electronic Frontier Foundation. The team that Greenwald led at
The Guardian was awarded the
Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for
their reporting on the NSA.
Foreign Policy Magazine
Foreign Policy Magazine then named
him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013.
In 2014 Greenwald received the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis, an annual
German literary award, for the German edition of No Place to
Hide. Greenwald was also named the 2014 recipient of the McGill
Medal for Journalistic Courage from the Grady College of Journalism
and Mass Communication.
2014 No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S.
Metropolitan Books (Div. of Henry Holt and
Company); ISBN 1-6277-9073-X (10); ISBN 978-1-62779-073-4
2011 With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy
Equality and Protect the Powerful.
Metropolitan Books (Div. of Henry
Holt and Company); ISBN 0-8050-9205-6 (10).
ISBN 978-0-8050-9205-9 (13).
2008 Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican
Politics. New York: Random House, ISBN 0-307-40802-7 (10);
ISBN 978-0-307-40802-0 (13). (Also available as an E-book.)
2007 A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush
Presidency. New York: Crown (Div. of Random House)
ISBN 0-307-35419-9 (10); ISBN 978-0-307-35419-8 (13).
(Hardback ed.) Three Rivers Press, 2008; ISBN 0-307-35428-8 (10);
ISBN 978-0-307-35428-0 (13). (Paperback ed.)
How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values From a
President Run Amok. San Francisco:
Working Assets (Distrib. by
Publishers Group West); ISBN 0-9779440-0-X (10);
ISBN 978-0-9779440-0-2 (13).
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planned for the general election) they moderated. Then, each pundit's
popularity in each category was calculated as a percentage of the
highest score, and those five percentages were averaged. (So,
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with a popularity score of 100.) Here's the top 40. …
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