Snowden's Journalist of Choice

2014, Society  -   22 Comments
Ratings: 8.68/10 from 292 users.

In June of 2013, Glenn Greenwald was the first to report on the classified national security agency documents leaked by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, through a series of articles in "The Guardian." Last November, VICE traveled to meet Greenwald at his home in Brazil, three months after his partner David Miranda was detained by British authorities at Heathrow international airport under the guise of anti-terrorism legislation. The investigation is ongoing.

The UK and the US governments hate the journalism that Glen is doing. What they want to do is what they're always trying to do in these cases, which is use intimidation and bulling to scare people who are going to continue their reporting. And so, taking his partner and putting him in a room, and detaining him for what effectively was eleven hours under a terrorism law, basically branding him a terrorist, is a way of displaying their power. It is basically saying that 'look at what it is that we can do to people who defy us, if we chose'.

At that time, Greenwald was angry, he felt helpless, and he was furious that they will target somebody peripheral to these events instead of him or the other journalists with whom he's been working, but at the same time he found the event to be incredibly emboldening because the authorities showed their true face to the world about how abusive they are when it comes to the size of their power.

Privacy is something that is essential to who we are as human beings and is indispensable to pretty much every other single form of human freedom. The dangers of having the privacy eroded are sometimes elusive for people and yet incredibly profound. Society in which you think or know that you're always being watched is a society which will breed conformity. When you know that you're being watched you make choices that you believe are the ones that the judgment of society demands them.

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  1. Daizy

    I love this guy. So Educational, linguistically, informationally, etc. Love him. Period. Thank you Glenn and thank you for posting this precious interview...

  2. ChicagoRevo Godzilla

    Snowden a f***ing traitor and Greenwald a f***ing faggot! Great combo of douche bags!!! Exterminate both!

    1. awful_truth

      Aren't you just a puddle of joy. I got an idea. Why don't you join the CIA and do it yourself.
      P.S: They shoot back in Russia!

  3. Dean Libey

    6/6/2014. Thank you Mr.Greenwald,Ms. Poitras, Mr. Snowden and anyone else that has helped in reaching this more enlightened moment than before these issues came to light. Did someone mention "sold out"? It does not get any more obvious than the current regime nor those preceding. The American people have been sold-out for profit of corporations. Recall Rumsfeld stating (pre-9/11, I believe) on TV that the Pentagon couldn't account for 2.1 trillion dollars. "No Where To Hide" is an excellent book by the way. read it in three days, and there is a waiting list at the library for it. that is a good sign that some people will put down their phones long enough to read it.

  4. John Christopher Sutton

    06/05/16/2014 A.D.pure baloney-greenwald did not sell out and neither did snowden, assange or manning, which is precisely what those spin doctors want the general public to believe. you want to see the real stooges? try bush, cheney, rove and the NSA!

  5. Black Scholar

    please Greenwald SOLD OUT. He is now a stunning Millionaire. And Snowden didn't tell us anything we didn't know already. They are Plants. Yup. They are both stooges. check on it. go to corbettreport DOT com

    1. Diana Rosalind Trimble

      What a ludicrous comment. I suppose it's a conspiracy within a conspiracy within a conspiracy within a conspiracy as usual? Corbett Report is extremely speculative in its reportage and doesn't actually have any inside information that in any way establishes what you claim above. Plus I don't even see those claims being made there. However, Greenwald did just publish some of the NSA documents outlining policy of deliberately planting misinformation on the Web, destroying people's reputations, discrediting info that is harmful to the government. It's more likely that you "Black Scholar" (got a name?) are part of that plan than that Snowden or Greenwald are stooges.

  6. awful_truth

    A great interview, and an excellent eye opener for those who choose the bliss of naivety over the awareness of their environment. The bottom line is things are not as they appear to be, and the things that make life worth living, are in a constant state of threat by those who crave power and greed over moral equilibrium!

  7. Horst Manure

    Strange how no one has come forward to say they were Obama's ex.girl friend,,room mate..class mate..teacher???.

  8. User_001

    Mr. Greenwald you are making the right choice in avoiding the US. I fear for your life if you ever made it here.

    Thank you VICE for yet another well made and well needed doc. Too bad this doc isn't plastered everywhere for all to see. I mean it's online, but still there hasn't been that many that have seen it and NEED to see it.

  9. deliaruhe

    Excellent. Given the extent of the alienation of nation from state these days, it is somewhat surprising that support for Snowden and negative public opinion about the surveillance state is growing so slowly (albeit growing). I'd have thought that Americans in vast numbers would have been outraged within a matter of days of the first revelations.

    A big part of the problem is that the state is in deep denial about the illegality and criminality of the NSA and several of its programs. Obama's response to the 46 recommendations made by his personally hand-picked investigative panel was very telling in that he rejected almost every recommendation. And, more noteworthy, in his speech revealing that fact, he didn't even make reference to the Fourth Amendment -- and he's a scholar of constitutional law.

    Critics will just have to continue hammering away at the truth until the Obama administration can no longer avoid having to admit to it. More important, Greenwood and his colleagues will just have to keep revealing new documents until the mountain of evidence gets so high that further denials will make a laughingstock of the American leadership.

  10. bringmeredwine

    Oh my god, I love this man. I fear for him!

  11. jerrymack

    excellent interview.

  12. JayZ

    Game set an match.Govt all over the world are following this game plan.We are all well and truly %$#@(&.

  13. 220VOLTS

    “Patriotism is
    supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”

    Mark Twain

  14. Guest

    If you can't trust your own elected government, then who can you trust?

    1. oQ

      You can't trust your own elected government, you can't even trust they were actually elected.

    2. goodkat

      Trust no one but yourself

    3. Richard Neva

      Your dog.

  15. Gadea

    Check out Boiling Frogs, Sibel Edmonds questions about
    this entire scenario.

    1. Fidel

      I've listened to lots of Glen Greenwald interviews, and a fair few shows with Sibel Edmonds as well. Everyone can make up their own mind about who is more credible of course, but one thing I've noticed is that one source is articulate and provides evidence, while the other makes many accusations without backing them up.

      It could be that Glen Greenwald gets co-opted and becomes establishment; he wouldn't be the first one certainly. This venture of his hasn't even begun yet though, so why not reserve judgement until you see what kind of reporting comes out of it.

    2. deliaruhe

      And there have been several impressive takedowns of Sibel's arguments. Google it.