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Glenn Greenwald Back in U.S. for First Time Since NSA-Snowden


Ten months ago, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. They soon began exposing a trove of secrets about the NSA and the national surveillance state. They didn't enter the United States again—until today. In this exclusive video, you can watch Poitras and Greenwald speaking for the first time since their return to the country, on Friday afternoon at the George Polk Awards in New York City. They were joined by their colleagues Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, who shared with them the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting.



Also: From yesterday, Glenn Greenwald's first time leaving Brazil since meeting with Snowden.


The "Liberty Award" honors outstanding foreign journalists and reporters that reflect the global challenges to freedom in their work and show courage despite facing attacks, threats, or imprisonment. It was launched by the company Reemtsma in 2007 to promote the value of freedom of expression and honour the work of committed and courageous journalists.

On Thursday, April 10, the investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald held a speech on foreign journalism, NSA surveillance, the freedom of sources and the revelations of Edward Snowden.

And maybe one more recent one for good measure, since Greenwald and Snowden are great people:

(Reuters) - Edward Snowden and reporter Glenn Greenwald, who brought to light the whistle blower's leaks about mass U.S. government surveillance last year, appeared together via video link from opposite ends of the earth on Saturday for what was believed to be the first time since Snowden sought asylum in Russia.


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Something isnt totally right here (to me at least)

Russ Tice blew a louder and more detailed whistle on the NSA long before Snowden/Greenwald/Petras (2005).

So did Drake, Binney, Wieb.

Bamford wrote the Puzzle Palace (1983), Body of Secrets (2002), Shadow Factory (2009).

None of whom were embraced by the Media and paraded around as a savior nor hero. None of whom had a media accomplice like Greenwald (who personally sold book and movie rights based on possessing these documents [and not sharing them in total with the public]). And had numerous meetings with the UK and US governments on his role.

Not to mention he was/is funded by Omidyar to the tune of 250M to start an 'independent' media venture. While Omidyar's firms are actually implicated in these very same documents. Conflict of interest anyone? Bueller...Bueller??

I don't pretend to be wise enough to know the full story. I don't even begrudge the unanimous accolades heaped on Greenwald on the DP. I just wonder if there isn't a little caution that should be exercised in the wanton praise of him and this whole kerfuffle.

It just doesn't all add up (to me). When the media embraces (and even publishes the findings at all) a whistle-blower and his go-between....i smell something fishy.

Maybe i just need to shower...but I question this whole "thing".


In regards to Russ Tice

Yes he blew the story, but he never produced any evidence to back it up. Make no mistake, I am not down playing Russ Tice's courage, nor as we now know from Snowdens documents the truth of is statements.

In fact I recall while listening to Tice's accounts he went so far as to name influential people that were being blackmailed by this data collection. One if I recall was Justice Roberts.

Deserved a Hero's Welcome

Thank YOU sir, for your service to the country.

YOU are the true defender of our freedoms.

Greenwald-Snowden on same video link

From few days ago when Glenn Greenwald & Ed Snowden spoke from Brazil/Russia respectively on the same video link in Chicago:


Immoral funding of Military Industrial Complex by Federal Reserve and US taxation system must stop!!!! End illegal/unconstitutional wars! Preserve US currency!

welcome home Glen!

and thank you for all your efforts to get these stories out.

That's my school ^_^

Felt really proud when I saw this video. I attend LIU (Long Island University) Brooklyn campus. Go Blackbirds!

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That is awesome he got this award


The Obama administration is weak. Everywhere it turns around, it is losing:

- The Ukraine
- Health Care
- The NSA
- The Bundy Ranch

Keep pushing! Paper tigers. They're on the run!

Great post, Thanks

Could I rehash this, just to add to how awesome GG is too.

Thank You.

Glenn was really great.

Glenn is always inspirational

Glenn is always inspirational to watch. His brain works so fast the rest of us have to run to catch up with the speed of his thought processes. The obvious obtuseness of Maher is painful to watch as always. He is an intellectual dwarf. The Black lady is an emotional Lady who will and can only think in black vs white. The poor English chap appeared to have something intelligent to say but couldn't draw his sword fast enough to compete with Maher to be heard.

Fair appraisal of those featured

But my brain is lightning fast ⎯ I don't have trouble keeping up with Glenn. ;)

Good for you!

Good for you!





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