From Glenn Greenwald's Exclusive Interview in Salon on the subject of Glenn Greenwald:
What Exciting!New!Revelations! will tomorrow bring in the ongoing saga of "Glenn Greenwald Is Not The Story"?...Today, Greenwald believes he miscalculated. In an exclusive interview Wednesday he said that the ominous rhetoric directed at him has actually escalated. It’s discouraged him from visiting the United States, where he still has strong family and professional ties. And though he intends to re-enter the country sooner rather than later, he’ll do so despite the fact that he believes he faces a much greater risk of detention than most of the other journalists who have access to some or all of Snowden’s files.“As the story kind of went on I thought the prospect of something happening to the journalists would dissipate to zero. I actually think that the risk is higher than it’s ever been,” Greenwald told me. “My parents are getting older, my nieces [live there] — none of that is something I’m going to go home for now…. I had a foundation that wanted to sponsor and pay for and market aggressively a six-city speaking tour to talk about the NSA story and the revelations. I would have completely loved to have done it… on the assurance that nothing would happen. And because we couldn’t get it from the U.S. government, I had to cancel.”When we last spoke in August, Greenwald was cognizant of the risks he’d face if he visited the United States, but he was also pointedly defiant. “I take more seriously the Constitution’s guarantee of a free press in the First Amendment,” he said at the time. “So I have every intention of entering the U.S. as soon as my schedule permits and there’s a reason to do so.”Today he remains defiant...
Watch this space!
Meanwhile, Barton Gellman remains mysteriously at-large.
Once again, let me reiterate that I respect (and sometimes disagree with) the opinion of those who are heartily sick of people who keep trying to distract from the important and consequential story of NSA abuses by dragging the personal dramas of Glenn Greenwald into it.
If you are one of those people --
For the benefit of anyone for whom reading is perhaps not fundamental, Glenn Greenwald's personality, and the peripatetic globe-trotting of Edward Snowden, are not the story here. If you decide to make them the story, then you are taking yourself off the real story, and that's your fault, not Greenwald's or Snowden's...
-- I strongly urge you to direct your comments to:
* At this point, let us save our more comically unhinged Purity Angels some keystrokes and stipulate that since my status as betrayer of all Liberal goodthinkfulness and sekrit ally of the jackbooted fascist something something is already firmly established, you can scuttle back to wherever you hibernate during the dozens and dozens dozens of posts I write that never mention Mr. Greenwald and go back to sleep.Brian Beutlerc/o Salon260 West 36th St, Suite 901
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