Glenn Greenwald, the gay reporter who first broke the Edward Snowden/National Security Agency surveillance story earlier this year, announced today that he is parting ways with The Guardian to start his own web-based media project.
“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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
The news leaked before Greenwald was prepared to announce it, so he is remaining tight-lipped about his latest venture for the time being. In an interview with Ben Smith at Buzzfeed, he said: “I’m not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture.” Then he promised more information would “be unveiled very shortly.”
Greenwald did say, however, that the project will have major financial backing and will include hubs in New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. He also said the venture had “hired a fair number of people already,” and will be “a general media outlet and news site — it’s going to have sports and entertainment and features. I’m working on the whole thing but the political journalism unit is my focus.”
A Guardian spokeswoman, Jennifer Lindenauer, also stressed that the writer and his news organization are parting on good terms — though she said The Guardian is “disappointed” to lose him.
Greenwald, who lives in Rio de Janeiro with his partner David Miranda, said he plans on continuing to live in Brazil. He also said he looks forward to creating a new organization with “no preexisting institutional strictures on what you can do.”
We’re looking forward to it, too.
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