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Glenn Greenwald Enters Country for First Time Since NSA Leaks

Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras entered the United States for the first time since reporting on NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, according to a tweet from AP reporter Ted Shaffrey. Accompanying Greenwald was his partner David Miranda.

GreenwaldGreenwald and Poitras are in the country to attend Friday’s Polk Awards ceremony in New York City according to the HuffPost:

The two journalists are sharing the prestigious journalism award with The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill and with Barton Gellman, who has led The Washington Post’s reporting on the NSA documents. Greenwald and Poitras interviewed Snowden last June in Hong Kong as he first revealed himself.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Greenwald said he’s motivated to return because “certain factions in the U.S. government have deliberately intensified the threatening climate for journalists.”

“It’s just the principle that I shouldn’t allow those tactics to stop me from returning to my own country,” Greenwald said.

Greenwald suggested government officials and members of Congress have used the language of criminalization as a tactic to chill investigative journalism.

Greenwald told the HuffPost his legal counsel has not been informed "whether or not he could face any potential charges, or if he's been named in any grand jury investigation tied to the NSA disclosures."

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  1. Glenn, honey, chill. You overrate your own importance by a country mile.

    Now, go get your award. Then, sit down and shut up.

    Thank you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 11, 2014 2:03:03 PM

  2. JAMAL49: Thank you for your two cents. Which is more than your comment is worth.

    Posted by: will | Apr 11, 2014 2:10:53 PM

  3. WHO is that hot man to the right of Glenn?

    Posted by: rcndc | Apr 11, 2014 2:18:13 PM

  4. "WHO is that hot man to the right of Glenn?"

    Seconded. This is the most interesting question.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 11, 2014 2:22:10 PM

  5. shouldn't he have gone to russia since he claimed putin was such a great protector of democracy

    Posted by: Moz's | Apr 11, 2014 2:24:03 PM

  6. Somewhere in New York there's an MTA bus with bad brakes and a stooge behind the wheel. Be careful crossing streets, Mr. Greenwald.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Apr 11, 2014 2:24:37 PM

  7. Who cares.

    Posted by: CGD | Apr 11, 2014 2:31:30 PM

  8. That is his partner David Miranda.

    Posted by: Andy Towle | Apr 11, 2014 2:41:43 PM

  9. It's hard to take him seriously when he considers Russia to be morally superior to the United States. He lost about 75% of his sympathy with that.

    Posted by: Sergio | Apr 11, 2014 2:50:01 PM

  10. Also, has Edward Snowden ever issued a statement in support of the harassed gays in Russia, that bastion on freedom? No? Oh, I see.

    Posted by: Sergio | Apr 11, 2014 2:53:09 PM

  11. @Andy
    No, we are asking about the other guy, the one in the suit.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 11, 2014 3:09:33 PM

  12. Here in the states he can may his boyfriend -- thanks to his arch enemy President Obama.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 11, 2014 3:11:49 PM

  13. Keep speaking Truth to Power Glen. Don't let the War Criminals intimidate you. America needs you more than ever. Americans need to take our country back from the corrupt, greedy cabal that has seized it. The American people support you and have your back.

    Posted by: Louis | Apr 11, 2014 3:12:27 PM

  14. Jamal49: Amen! I wish he would take his mail order bride back home and just shut up for a while. I can't stand seeing that self important smirk any more.

    Posted by: PeteP | Apr 11, 2014 3:13:53 PM

  15. I've no doubt Glennzilla's pissed he wasn't cuffed and hauled away in chains to be tortured.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 11, 2014 3:14:01 PM

  16. Why is self-important, publicity seeking, grand standing by Greenwald considered news?

    Posted by: boywonder | Apr 11, 2014 3:39:10 PM

  17. "Journalist" hahahahaha

    Posted by: Kenny | Apr 11, 2014 3:42:48 PM

  18. @Kenny

    Exactly. All real journalists serve in the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 11, 2014 3:57:28 PM

  19. Glenn Who? Get over yourself Miss Thing, the NSA stories are SO LAST YEAR. Wake me up when he talks COUTURE instead of torture honey.

    Also, has Glenn ever issued a statement in support of the harassed gays in North Korea, that bastion on freedom? No? Oh, I see.

    Posted by: minty | Apr 11, 2014 4:08:09 PM

  20. Glen Greenwald is a great journalist and a brave man. The naysayers on this comment thread should try watching something other than Faux News.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Apr 11, 2014 4:09:36 PM

  21. Minty is acting the fool here. Edward Snowden attacked the U.S. for being a surveillance state, and then moved to Russia, a country that has an even worse surveillance history than America. Not only that, but the Russian government actively seeks to harm gays and lesbians.

    So yes, both Edward and Glenn should say something about Russia's treatment of the LGBT community. The fact that they haven't critically undercuts their moral standing to deliver any message on freedom(s).

    Posted by: Håkon | Apr 11, 2014 4:15:13 PM

  22. Can you defend Glenn and Edward's lack of commentary on LGBT harassment in Russia, given their strong support of Russia in other arenas? No? Is North Korea even relevant to their devotion to Russia? Oh, I see.

    Posted by: Sergio | Apr 11, 2014 4:18:36 PM

  23. Obamabots are angry that Greenwald and Snowden have revealed that our president is chocolate Nixon.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 11, 2014 4:22:19 PM

  24. You'd better move to Russia if you're so upset with Obama, AG... Putin will take good care of you.

    Posted by: Håkon | Apr 11, 2014 4:26:34 PM

  25. No, Hakon, you move to Russia. Nobody there cares that the government spies on them. You'll fit right in.

    Posted by: AG | Apr 11, 2014 4:34:02 PM

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