Glenn Greenwald on ‘Snowden and privacy’

21 september 2014

_No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State_ is a 2014 non-fiction book by American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. It details Greenwald’s role in the global surveillance disclosures as revealed by the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The book consists of five chapters; Contact, Ten Days in Hong Kong, Collect It All, The Harm of Surveillance and the Fourth Estate, plus an introduction and an epilogue. In the introduction Greenwald discusses how his background as a blogger on surveillance and wiretapping by the American government attracted Edward Snowden and the nature, legality, and evolution of such practices in the United States. Greenwald concludes by discussing how a global surveillance network has been created with the assistance of technology companies and the unique role of the internet in human history as a facilitator of such surveillance.
In _No Place to Hide_ Greenwald discusses how he became involved with the 2013 global surveillance disclosures. He began by traveling to Hong Kong to meet Edward Snowden, who had contacted Greenwald as an anonymous source purporting to have evidence of government surveillance. As Greenwald continued to investigate he uncovered more information that he later published, to much controversy. In the book Greenwald also discusses establishment media, which he states will traditionally avoid publishing anything that would put them at odds with the government and as such, are less helpful when it comes to the interests of the general public
Glenn Edward Greenwald (born March 6, 1967) is an American lawyer, journalist and author. He was a columnist for _Guardian US_ from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for _Salon.com_ from 2007 to 2012, and an occasional contributor to _The Guardian_. Greenwald worked as a constitutional and civil rights litigator. At _Salon_ he contributed as a columnist and blogger, focusing on political and legal topics. He has also contributed to other newspapers and political news magazines, including _The New York Times_, the _Los Angeles Times_, _The American Conservative_, _The National Interest_, and _In These Times_. In February 2014 he became, along with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, one of the founding editors of _The Intercept_.
Greenwald has received awards including the first Izzy Award for independent journalism, in 2009, and the 2010 Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary. In June 2013 Greenwald became widely known after _The Guardian_ published the first of a series of reports detailing United States and British global surveillance programs, based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. The series on which Greenwald worked, along with others, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His reporting on the National Security Agency (NSA) won numerous other awards around the world, including top investigative journalism prizes from the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting, the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting in Brazil for his articles in _O Globo_ on NSA mass surveillance of Brazilians (becoming the first foreigner to win the award), the 2013 Libertad de Expresion Internacional award from Argentinian magazine _Perfil_, and the 2013 Pioneer Award from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.[29]
Greenwald lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the hometown of his partner, David Michael Miranda. Greenwald has said his residence in Brazil is the result of an American law, the Defense of Marriage Act, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages, which prevented his partner from receiving a visa to reside in the United States with him.

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