Journalist Greenwald leaving The Guardian

Journalist Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian newspaper to start his own news organization.

“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 to BuzzFeed, which broke the news. 

“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, 46, is known for his reporting at The Guardian newspaper on the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. Former government contractor Edward Snowden has leaked troves of documents to Greenwald outlining the program.  

Details of his next venture have not been revealed, but Greenwald said they’d be announced soon. It will be “a very well-funded … very substantial new media outlet,” he said to BuzzFeed. 

In addition to political journalism, he said, the news website will cover sports, entertainment and features. 

A spokeswoman for The Guardian, Jennifer Lindenauer, said in the report Greenwald left newspaper on good terms, but said they’re “disappointed” to lose him. 

The American journalist has been living in Rio de Janeiro and will stay there. Greenwald said he’d hire staff to move there and will also open bureaus in New York, Washington and San Francisco.