Articles re: Glenn Greenwald's Departure from the Guardian
Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian's Statements - From GGSideDocs
Statement of Glenn Greenwald:
"My partnership with the Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved.
"The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.
"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;"
Statement of the Guardian's Jennifer Lindauer:
"Glenn Greenwald is a remarkable journalist and it has been fantastic working with him. Our work together over the last year has demonstrated the crucial role that responsible investigative journalism can play in holding those in power to account. We are of course disappointed by Glenn’s decision to move on, but can appreciate the attraction of the new role he has been offered. We wish him all the best."
Greenwald leaves Guardian for new venture backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar
By Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing, October 15, 2013
Journalist Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro, July 2013. Sergio Moraes / Reuters
Blogger and journalist Glenn Greenwald, who along with Laura Poitras broke the story of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks, announced today that he is departing the Guardian newspaper to join a "new news venture backed by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar," reports Paul Farhi at The Washington Post.
NSA leaks journalist Glenn Greenwald leaves the Guardian
Glenn Greenwald discussed the impact of the revelations on BBC Newsnight
Glenn Greenwald, a journalist who covered data leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, has announced he is leaving Britain's Guardian newspaper.
Mr Greenwald said he was departing to take up a "dream" opportunity.
Documents from Mr Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, revealed internet and phone surveillance by US intelligence.
Brazil, where Mr Greenwald lives, says it wants to speak to Mr Snowden over allegations the US spied on it.
According to information leaked by Mr Snowden, the NSA intercepted communications by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and monitored millions of emails and phone calls by the country's citizens.
As a result, Ms Rousseff cancelled a planned visit to the US.
Jose Alberto Freitas, the head of intelligence in Brazil's police force, said it was "crucial" to speak to Edward Snowden, as he could "provide technical details that will help our investigation advance".
Mr Snowden, who is wanted by the US on espionage charges, is currently living in Russia, having been granted asylum by Moscow.
In a statement posted online, Mr Greenwald described his "partnership with the Guardian" as "extremely fruitful and fulfilling" and praised the editors and journalists of the newspaper.
He said his new venture was "momentous" but he was not yet able to give any details about it.
He told online news site Buzzfeed he would be involved in a "new, large-scale... media outlet".
The Guardian's Jennifer Lindauer said: "Glenn Greenwald is a remarkable journalist and it has been fantastic working with him.
"Our work together over the last year has demonstrated the crucial role that responsible investigative journalism can play in holding those in power to account."
Mr Greenwald has been fiercely criticised for his work with Mr Snowden. But in a BBC interview earlier this month Mr Greenwald said none of the information he had published could have damaged national security.
In August, his partner David Miranda, who lives with the journalist in Rio de Janeiro, was held for nine hours at Heathrow under anti-terror laws. Police seized a number of electronic items he was carrying.
British Home Secretary Theresa May defended the move, saying the police had to act if someone had "highly sensitive, stolen information".