Five Things You Didn’t Know About Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald is an American journalist who is famous for his support of free speech as well as other civil rights in the United States. Previously, he was popular with a segment of the political left because of his involvement with Edward Snowden. Currently, he seems to have found a fair amount of popularity with Fox News and the like because of his opinion on Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Glenn Greenwald:

Used to Practice Law

Before he became a journalist, Greenwald was a litigation attorney. Given his field of focus as a journalist, it should come as no surprise to learn that he was a litigation attorney who focused on civil rights and constitutional law in the United States. In time, Greenwald chose to stop being a litigation attorney because he had become bored with practicing law, which wasn’t helped by the fact that he wanted to do something with more of a political impact.

Won a Pulitzer Prize Because of Edward Snowden

Greenwald might be best-known because of his reports on the surveillance programs conducted by the United States and the United Kingdom, which wound up winning him and his team a Pulitzer Prize. However, this would not have been possible without Edward Snowden, seeing as how Snowden was the one who revealed the classified documents that he used for his reports. It is interesting to note that Greenwald was the first person to be contacted by Snowden, though Greenwald actually considered the security measures that he was asked to use to be too inconvenient, which is why Snowden then contacted the documentarian Laura Poitras.

Co-Founded The Intercept

In 2013, Greenwald co-founded The Intercept with both Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Said publication is supported by First Look Media, which was set up by Pierre Omidyar, who some people might recognize as the founder of eBay. Currently, Greenwald continues to write for The Intercept, where he happens to serve as a co-editor as well.

Dislikes Both Democrats and Republicans

Greenwald has expressed his dislike for both the Democrats and the Republicans. This seems to have started up with the election of President George W. Bush, which changed Greenwald from his previous lack of interest in voting for either Bush or one of the other presidential candidates. As far as Greenwald is concerned, the kind of political change that he wants won’t come until the two-party electoral system in the United States has been brought down, with him specifically ruling out the possibility of making changes to said system from within.

Doesn’t Think Russian Interference in the U.S. Presidential Election Is Important

Curiously, Greenwald has become something of a favorite on Fox News in recent times, as shown by Tucker Carlson’s remarkable change of opinion about him all of a sudden. This is because Greenwald is a critic of the focus on the connections between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. However, this does not seem to be because Greenwald denies that there were Russians interested in getting Trump elected as well as members of Trump’s campaign staff that were interested in getting Russian support. Instead, it is because he thinks that the focus on those connections is an attempt to cover up the inadequacies of the Democrats. Recently, Greenwald outright called Rachel Maddow an “intellectually dishonest partisan hack,” which is not something that Maddow has bothered to respond to so far.

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