Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, author, and lawyer from the United States. In 1996, he opened his own law firm that focused on First Amendment cases. In October 2005, he started a blog about national security issues because he was getting more and more worried about what he saw as attacks on civil liberties by the George W. Bush Administration after the September 11 attacks.
He became an outspoken critic of the Iraq War and has continued to be a critic of U.S. foreign policy. In 2007, Greenwald began writing for Salon, and in 2012, he began writing for The Guardian. In June 2013, while working at The Guardian, he started putting out a series of reports about American and British global surveillance programs.
The reports were based on classified documents given to him by Edward Snowden. His work helped The Guardian and The Washington Post win Pulitzer Prizes. He and three other reporters, including Laura Poitras, also won the 2013 George Polk Award.
Greenwald, Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill started The Intercept in 2014. Until he quit in October 2020, he was a co-founding editor there. After that, Greenwald started writing for Substack, an online platform for newsletter-based journalism. Since 2018, Greenwald has also started to appear on Fox News more often.
Early years of Glenn Edward Greenwald
Glenn Edward Greenwald was born in New York City, United States, on March 6, 1967. He is now 55 years old. His parents are Arlene and Daniel Greenwald. When Greenwald was young, his family moved to Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. His parents and grandparents are Jewish, and they tried to teach him about Judaism when he was young.
However, he didn’t grow up practising a religion, didn’t have a bar mitzvah, and has said that “religious doctrine has no influence” on his morals. Greenwald went to middle and high school in Davie, Florida, at Nova Middle School and Nova High School.
In 1990, he got a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from George Washington University. In 1994, he got a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.
Glenn Edward Greenwald’s Career
Glenn Greenwald was a lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz from 1994 to 1995. He worked in the litigation department. In 1996, he started his own law firm, Greenwald Christoph & Holland, which was later renamed Greenwald Christoph PC. There, he fought cases about civil rights and the U.S. Constitution.
He did a lot of work for free. He defended white supremacist Matthew Hale in Illinois and the neo-Nazi National Alliance, among others. Greenwald told Rolling Stone magazine in 2013 about his work in First Amendment speech cases, “I think it’s heroic to be so committed to a principle that you apply it not when it’s easy, not when it supports your position, not when it protects people you like, but when it defends and protects people you hate.”
Later, Greenwald said, “I decided to close my practice on my own in 2005 because I could and because, after ten years, I was tired of being a full-time lawyer and wanted to do other things that I thought would be more interesting and have a bigger impact, like writing about politics.”
Not Claimed Land and Salon
In October 2005, he started the blog Unclaimed Territory, which focused on the investigations into the Plame affair, the CIA leak grand jury investigation, the federal indictment of Scooter Libby, and the NSA warrantless surveillance (2001–2007) controversy. The blog won the 2005 Koufax Award for “Best New Blog” in April 2006.
The New Statesman’s Sean Wilentz wrote that Greenwald “seemed to take pride in attacking both Republicans and Democrats.”In February 2007, Greenwald started writing for the Salon website. His old column and blog, “Unclaimed Territory,” were replaced by his new column and blog, but there were links to it in Greenwald’s bio section.
In his Salon articles, he often talked about the investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks and the possibility of former CIA employee John O. Brennan becoming either the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) or the next Director of National Intelligence (DNI) after Barack Obama is elected.
Brennan took his name out of the running for the job after liberal blogs and Greenwald led the opposition.
In a 2010 Salon article, Greenwald called U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning “a whistle-blower with the best of intentions” and “a national hero in the same vein as Daniel Ellsberg.” In an article for The Raw Story that came out in 2011, Greenwald was not happy with how Manning was treated in prison after she was arrested by the military.
Rachel Maddow said that, when Greenwald wrote for Salon, he was “the most fearless political commentator on the American left.”
In July 2012, it was said that Greenwald would be writing a weekly column and a daily blog for the American branch of Britain’s Guardian newspaper. Greenwald wrote in Salon that the move gave him “the chance to reach a new audience, to make my readership even more international, and to be re-energized by a different environment.”
On June 5, 2013, Greenwald wrote about a top-secret order from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that told Verizon to give the NSA information about all calls between the US and other countries and all calls within the US.
Glenn Greenwald’s Net Worth
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What is Glenn Greenwald’s net worth? Glenn Greenwald is thought to have a net worth of about $10 million. Because of how well his career has gone, he can now live in style and drive nice cars. But Greenwald and his partner Miranda were close friends with Brazilian politician and human rights activist Marielle Franco.
Franco was known for criticizing police tactics and corruption, and she was shot and killed by people who are still unknown. A profile in the New York Times talked about how Greenwald’s stories about high-ranking Bolsonaro officials and Miranda’s outspoken opposition in Congress made them the main targets of Bolsonaro’s government.