Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Glenn Greenwald: Political Exile

Blogger and columnist Glenn Greenwald may have broken the biggest American story of the year, but the American can’t even live in America.
Greenwald, a gay man, moved to Brazil so he could be with his spouse since the U.S. government does not recognize same-sex couples when applying for residency visas. Greenwald said that this experience has allowed him to cast a critical eye on the subjects he reports on.
“When you grow up with any kind of real challenge that forces you to evaluate your relationship to these conventions and the things that you’re taught…you start to question what that system is.” Greenwald said. “Is it really valid in the way that it’s rejecting me or is it the system itself that is corrupted? I think that lends itself to a much more critical eye that you end up casting upon things that you’re taught are indisputably true.”

CNN - you can watch the interview excerpt here.
Glenn Greenwald hates it when someone's biographical details are prioritised over what they think and say, so maybe you could read his blog on Guardian Online.

Update: On Friday 14th The Guardian started this stunningly misguided open thread, Glenn Greenwald: In his readers' words.
Please don't try and turn serious journalists into minor celebrities.

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