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."


  1. Hansel Currywurst says

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

  2. Sergio says

    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.

  3. Louis says

    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.

  4. PeteP says

    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.

  5. minty says

    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.

  6. Dearcomrade says

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

  7. Håkon says

    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).

  8. Sergio says

    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.

  9. minty says

    Easy there, tigers! I’m on your side.

    I agree that Snowden’s flight to Russia was incredibly despicable. As the Chelsea Manning trial shows, he should have stayed in the US to make his case to the public.

  10. bkmn says

    I would be that the CIA has hackers on their payroll that have already seen everything that Greenwald has on any and all computing devices he has.

  11. Håkon says

    Sorry about that, Minty. Your original statement was somewhat ambiguous, but I get you now.

    They’re not allowed to openly complain about their government, AG. Therein lies the rub…

  12. minty says

    It’s crazy that Glennzilla is sooooo self-involved that he was all worried about getting stopped at the airport. AS IF that kind of stuff happens in America!

    Personally, I think he should be “disappeared” and shipped off to Guantanamo. And while we’re at it, send Laura and her boring movies to one of those secret sites too.

  13. Zell says

    Wow, lots of hate toward Glenn Greenwald in this thread. I’m always reminded of a quote from Ned Flanders (though he was speaking about religion): There are certain things we don’t WANT to know! Important things!

    Look, I’ll be the first to admit that Greenwald can be self-aggrandizing and rather unbearable, and his view on Russia and Muslims are VERY wrong (he recently unfairly attacked Richard Dawkins, too, which made me dislike him even more). But he’s right about a great deal of what he talks about. And whoever said that line about the NSA thing being so last year, and wake you when he talks about COUTURE instead of torture, I hope you’re kidding, because if you’re not, you’re everything wrong with this country.

  14. Rafael says

    I admire Glen Greenwald. Principled, brave, blazingly intelligent, a passionate, precise, and bold communicator, an independent thinker, and one of the great journalists of our time.

    At the same time, I’m fascinated by the lack of recognition of this, in so many comments here. It looks like a lot of people are emotionally turned off by him. Weird.

  15. Sergio says

    I’m surprised you’re so fascinated that the comments are negative, Rafael. Towleroad is a gay blog, and Glenn supports Russia. America has problems, yes, but gay people rightfully fear Russia’s fatal embrace. It’s only natural that the posters here would cast a skeptical eye towards Glenn.

  16. dearcomrade says

    So many people on this comment thread miss the point when it comes to Russia. They are giving Snowden safe harbor from the clutches of the U.S. government.

    That alone is reason enough to tolerate them for both Snowden & Greenwald. As distasteful as the Russians are they are helping these guys for now. Do you expect them to bite the hand that feeds them?

    Exposing what the U.S. government is doing with regards to illegal surveillance and giving Edward Snowden safe haven is more important than the civil rights of Russian LGBT’s to these guys and I say rightly so.

  17. Sergio says

    “Exposing what the U.S. government is doing with regards to illegal surveillance and giving Edward Snowden safe haven is more important than the civil rights of Russian LGBT’s to these guys and I say rightly so.”

    You’re in the wrong place then, honey. Actual death by gay-bashing is more important to most Towleroad readers than illegal surveillance… And rightly so.

  18. minty says

    “Deport him, and his little whore too.”

    Yes! Great comment. Keep America for the real Americans. And if you don’t like it, get the hell out.

  19. Zell says

    Sergio: because all we’re allowed to care about if we’re gay is gay rights? Russia is atrocious on that issue and many others, and I think Greenwald is wrong about them, but the NSA spying on millions of Americans, and our own country’s use of torture, are issues that are important and that Greenwald is spot on about. Try to broaden your scope a bit.

    And Minty: you’re either a terrible person or you’re actually a plant from the opposite point of view to make the one you’re espousing look bad. Which i guess would also make you a terrible person.

  20. Buckie says

    “You’re in the wrong place then, honey. Actual death by gay-bashing is more important to most Towleroad readers than illegal surveillance… And rightly so.”

    Which explains the quality of the comments here.

    Only an idiot would find the two mutually exclusive, and present with as even remotely acceptable.


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