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Glenn Greenwald, the attorney and journalist who reported on Edward Snowden’s leaked information about American and British global surveillance programs for The Guardian — reportage that won him and his team a 2014 Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards — was born in New York on this date in 1967. His work with Snowden was described in the Academy Award-winning documentary, Citizenfour. Greenwald makes his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a result of the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred his partner, David Michael Miranda, from receiving a visa to reside in the U.S. with him (until the law was overturned by the Supreme Court). Greenwald, Laura Poitras (director of Citizenfour), and Jeremy Scahill are the co-editors of The Intercept, a web publication that champions civil liberties, privacy rights, and transparent government; members of the U.S. military, The Intercept has reported, are banned from reading it. His books include How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values From a President Run Amok (2006), A Tragic Legacy, about the George W. Bush presidency (2007), Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics (2008), With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful (2011), and No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (2014). To see a series of clips of him debating on his key issues, look below.
“Surveillance breeds conformity.” —Glenn Greenwald