61 Facts About Glenn Greenwald


Glenn Edward Greenwald was born on March 6,1967 and is an American journalist, author, and lawyer.


In 1996, Greenwald founded a law firm concentrating on First Amendment litigation.


Glenn Greenwald began blogging on national security issues in October 2005, when he was becoming increasingly concerned with what he viewed as attacks on civil liberties by the George W Bush Administration in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.


Glenn Greenwald became a vocal critic of the Iraq War and has maintained a critical position of American foreign policy.


Glenn Greenwald started contributing to Salon in 2007, and to The Guardian in 2012.


Glenn Greenwald's work contributed to The Guardians 2014 Pulitzer Prize win, and he won the 2013 George Polk Award along with three other reporters, including Laura Poitras.


Glenn Greenwald was charged with cybercrimes by Brazilian prosecutors over the leaks in January 2020, though the charges were dismissed by a federal judge a month later.


Glenn Greenwald was born in New York City to Arlene and Daniel Glenn Greenwald.


Glenn Greenwald's family moved to Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, when he was an infant; his parents separated when he was six.


Glenn Greenwald attended Nova Middle School and Nova High School in Davie, Florida.


In 1991, Glenn Greenwald ran again for the at-large seat on the council at age 23, coming in third place but losing with less than half of the total votes of his other two opponents.


Glenn Greenwald received a BA in philosophy from George Washington University in 1990 and a JD from New York University School of Law in 1994.


Glenn Greenwald worked pro bono much of the time, and his cases included representing white supremacist Matthew Hale in Illinois, who, Greenwald believed, was wrongly imprisoned, and the neo-nazi National Alliance.


In February 2007, Glenn Greenwald became a contributing writer for the Salon website, and the new column and blog superseded Unclaimed Territory, although Salon featured hyperlinks to it in Glenn Greenwald's dedicated biographical section.


In July 2012, Glenn Greenwald joined the American wing of Britain's Guardian newspaper, to contribute a weekly column and a daily blog.


Glenn Greenwald wrote on Salon that the move offered him "the opportunity to reach a new audience, to further internationalize my readership, and to be re-invigorated by a different environment" as reasons for the move.


On June 5,2013, Glenn Greenwald reported on the top-secret United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order requiring Verizon to provide the National Security Agency with telephone metadata for all calls between the US and abroad, as well as all domestic calls.


On October 15,2013, Glenn Greenwald left The Guardian, to pursue a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline".


On October 29,2020, Glenn Greenwald resigned from The Intercept, giving his reasons as political censorship and contractual breaches by the editors, who he said had prevented him from reporting on allegations concerning Joe Biden's conduct with regard to China and Ukraine and had demanded that he not publish the article in any other publication.


Glenn Greenwald has become a frequent guest on Fox News, particularly on Tucker Carlson Tonight.


Glenn Greenwald had appeared on Fox News 72 times from December 2017 to June 2021, including 40 times on Carlson's program and 14 appearances with host Laura Ingraham.


Glenn Greenwald says that by contrast, MSNBC has banned him from appearing there because he criticized Rachel Maddow.


Glenn Greenwald wrote the book Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Brazil as a follow-up to No Place to Hide.


Glenn Greenwald was initially contacted anonymously in late 2012 by Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the US National Security Agency, who said he held "sensitive documents" that he wished to share.


Glenn Greenwald found the measures that Snowden asked him to take to secure their communications too annoying to employ.


Glenn Greenwald said that Snowden's documents exposed the "scale of domestic surveillance under Obama".


The series on which Glenn Greenwald worked contributed to The Guardian winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2014.


Glenn Greenwald appeared on stage with director Laura Poitras and Snowden's girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, to accept the award.


On December 18,2013, Glenn Greenwald told the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament that "most governments around the world are not only turning their backs on Edward Snowden but on their ethical responsibilities".


On June 9,2019, Glenn Greenwald and journalists from investigative journalism magazine The Intercept Brasil where he was an editor, released several messages exchanged via Telegram between members of the investigation team of Operation Car Wash.


Glenn Greenwald faced death threats and homophobic harassment from Bolsonaro supporters due to his reporting on the Telegram messages.


The Washington Post reported that Glenn Greenwald had been targeted with fiscal investigations by the Bolsonaro government, allegedly as retaliation for the reporting, and AP called Glenn Greenwald's reporting "the first test case for a free press" under Bolsonaro.


In January 2020, Glenn Greenwald was charged by Brazilian prosecutors with cybercrimes, in a move that Trevor Timm in The Guardian described as retaliation for his reporting.


Glenn Greenwald received support from The New York Times which published an editorial stating "Mr Glenn Greenwald's articles did what a free press is supposed to do: They revealed a painful truth about those in power".


In February 2020, a federal judge dismissed the charges against Glenn Greenwald, citing a ruling from Supreme Court justice Gilmar Mendes that shielded him.


Glenn Greenwald criticized the policies of the Bush administration and those who supported it, arguing that most of the American "Corporate News Media" excused Bush's policies and echoed the administration's positions rather than asking hard questions.


Glenn Greenwald accused mainstream US media of "spreading patriotic state propaganda".


Glenn Greenwald expressed skepticism of the James Clapper-led US intelligence community's assessment that Russia's government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.


Susan Hennessey, an NSA lawyer at the time of Snowden's NSA revelations, told Marcy Wheeler writing for The New Republic in January 2018, that Glenn Greenwald was only relaying "surface commentary" rather than evidence for or against Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Tamsin Shaw wrote in The New York Review of Books in September 2018: "Glenn Greenwald has repeatedly, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, decried as Russophobia the findings that Putin ordered interference in the 2016 US presidential election".


Glenn Greenwald remained doubtful of assertions that the Trump presidential campaign worked with the Russians after the release of the letter about the Mueller's findings from attorney general William Barr in late March 2019.


Glenn Greenwald told Tucker Carlson on Fox News: "Let me just say, [MSNBC] should have their top host on primetime go before the cameras and hang their head in shame and apologize for lying to people for three straight years, exploiting their fears to great profit".


Glenn Greenwald said he is formally banned from appearing on MSNBC, citing confirmations from two unnamed producers for the network, for his criticisms of its coverage of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


MSNBC stated it has not barred Glenn Greenwald from appearing on its programs.


Glenn Greenwald has criticized the Israeli government, including its foreign policy, influence on US politics and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.


Glenn Greenwald said that if Manafort had entered the Ecuadorian consulate, there would be evidence from the surrounding cameras.


Glenn Greenwald criticized the government's decision to charge Assange under the Espionage Act of 1917 for his role in the 2010 publication of the Iraq War documents leak.


Glenn Greenwald said that Bolsonaro could be a "good partner" for President Trump "If you think that the US should go back to kind of the Monroe Doctrine as [National Security Adviser] John Bolton talked openly about, and ruling Latin America, and US interests".


Glenn Greenwald has faced death threats and homophobic harassment from Bolsonaro supporters due to his reporting on leaked Telegram messages about Brazil's Operation Car Wash and Bolsonaro's justice minister Sergio Moro.


In 2005, Glenn Greenwald criticized illegal immigration, saying that it would result in a "parade of evils" and arguing that large numbers of illegal immigrants could not be assimilated and would "wreak havoc".


Glenn Greenwald is a vegan and an advocate for animal rights.


In March 2017, Glenn Greenwald announced plans to build a shelter with Miranda for stray pets in Brazil that would be staffed by homeless people.


In March 2018, Glenn Greenwald tweeted videos showing the shelter operating.


Glenn Greenwald has been placed on numerous "top 50" and "top 25" lists of columnists in the United States.


Josh Voorhees, writing for Slate, reported that in 2013 congressman Peter King suggested Glenn Greenwald should be arrested for his reporting on the NSA PRISM program and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.


In 2014, Sean Wilentz in The New Republic, commented that some of Glenn Greenwald's opinions are where the far-left and far-right meet.


In 2005, Glenn Greenwald took a long vacation to Rio de Janeiro where he met David Miranda, a then 19-year-old who had spent his childhood in the Jacarezinho Favela.


On May 9,2023, Glenn Greenwald announced via Twitter that Miranda had died in a Rio de Janeiro hospital.


Glenn Greenwald received, together with Amy Goodman, the first Izzy Award for special achievement in independent media, in 2009, and the 2010 Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary for his investigative work on the conditions of Chelsea Manning.


In 2014, Glenn Greenwald received the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis, an annual German literary award, for the German edition of No Place to Hide.


Glenn Greenwald was named the 2014 recipient of the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Georgia.