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Something big is brewing in NSA Revelation Land—a scoop from columnist and reporter Glenn Greenwald that was supposed to be published at midnight last night. But now Glenn Greenwald and fellow Intercept reporter Murtaza Hussein have delayed their story, pending new government information, and the internet is freaking out.
Glenn Greenwald, who famously worked with Edward Snowden this year to publicize the NSA's massive surveillance program, today rejected the idea that his role in the Snowden affair has gone from journalist to cheerleader, calling that criticism "ludicrous" and questioning his MSNBC interviewer's own partisanship.
The four-story brownstone at 141 East 37th Street in Manhattan has no remarkable features: a plain building on a quiet tree-lined street in the shadow of the Empire State Building. In the summer of 1920, Herbert O. Yardley, a government codebreaker, moved in with a gang of math geniuses and began deciphering intercepted Japanese diplomatic telegrams. This was the Black Chamber, America's first civilian code-breaking agency. From this was born the American surveillance state, and eventually the sprawling National Security Agency, which you may have heard about recently.
Here's journalist Glenn Greenwald with his boyfriend David Miranda, "at home in Rio." Greenwald, who just left The Guardian to launch a new publication with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has a cover profile in the coming issue of The Advocate. Next up: Brazilian Playboy (fully clothed). Image by Cale via Out.com.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, Glenn Greenwald said NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has “blueprints” that explain how the NSA operates. Greenwald described the documents as "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built,” and said they are detailed enough to allow readers to evade or possibly duplicate NSA surveillance techniques.
Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the Edward Snowden story, found himself in the spotlight on Wednesday as two very different articles about him were published. The first, from the New York Daily News, focused on Greenwald's involvment with a porn company in the early 2000s and his substantial tax debt. The other, a more detailed and flattering profile in BuzzFeed, covered Greenwald's life and his unusual career path, touching and expanding on some of the more salacious details from the Daily News story.
Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old whose leak of NSA documents revealed important details about the surveillance agency's mammoth online data-mining operation, resurfaced for the first time since his self-unmasking this weekend, telling a Hong Kong paper "I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American."