Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who scored the scoop of the decade with the Edward Snowden/National Security Agency’s surveillance program story, is leaving the Guardian newspaper.
BuzzFeed reports that Greenwald will be leaving for a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity” described as “a brand-new, large-scale, broadly focused media outlet”:
“My partnership with The Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved.” Greenwald said in an emailed statement. “The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.”
Greenwald said that because the news had leaked “before we were prepared to announce it, I’m not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture.” It will, he said, “be unveiled very shortly.”
The Guardian issued a statement through their spokeswoman:
Glenn Greenwald is a remarkable journalist and it has been fantastic working with him. Our work together over the last year has demonstrated the crucial role that responsible investigative journalism can play in holding those in power to account. We are of course disappointed by Glenn’s decision to move on, but can appreciate the attraction of the new role he has been offered. We wish him all the best.