Glenn Greenwald, a reporter for The Guardian, says living

in Brazil helped him report on data monitoring in the U.S.

Above, Greenwald stands with his partner, David Miranda.



Being 'Carioca' Helped Glenn Greenwald Break NSA Surveillance Story (Folha, Brazil)


"People [sources] think they are more protected because of the distance, and I'm less vulnerable to being targeted by political retaliation or lawsuits because I live in Brazil. That gives me additional protection. ... Not being in New York and Washington - and not being socially connected to the people who cover politics, allows me to be more independent."


-- Journalist Glenn Greenwald


By Isabel Fleck


Translated By Brandi Miller


June 12, 2013


Brazil - Folha - Original Article (Portuguese)

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It was from Rio de Janeiro that American journalist and lawyer Glenn Greenwald collected most of the information published in The Guardian, which revealed a scheme of wiretapping and monitoring of Internet data by the U.S. government.


It is there that Greenwald, 46, has lived and worked for eight years. For him, the fact that he was in Brazil facilitated acquiring the documents and investigating the story that has forced President Barack Obama to have to explain himself.


"People [sources] think they are more protected because of the distance, and I'm less vulnerable to being targeted by political retaliation or lawsuits because I live in Brazil. That gives me additional protection," Greenwald told Folha by phone yesterday.


The journalist himself considers it more difficult for the U.S. government to monitor his telephone calls and e-mail because he’s outside the country. "Not being in New York and Washington - and not being socially connected to the people who cover politics, allows me to be more independent," Greenwald says.


Greenwald lives in Rio with his partner, a Brazilian. The couple decided to stay in Brazil because the U.S. doesn't recognize civil unions between gays for the purpose of applying for permanent residency. In Portuguese, he told this reporter that he's already a "Carioca."


And, due to his involvement with Brazil, one of Greenwald’s first concerns when he began combing through the information passed to him was the vulnerability of Brazilian Internet.


"Then I thought of the case of Brazil, because everyone I know here uses Facebook and Skype," he said. To him, it would be "ridiculous" to think that users of the two services in Brazil weren’t monitored by the American government. "They probably are," he ventures.


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Greenwald is a lawyer and worked for a large New York law firm before leaving that career. In 2005, he began a blog where he focuses on items on national security and civil liberties. For many years he contributed to the digital magazine Salon, and today he maintains a column in Britain's Guardian.

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The American says he obtained the document proving the monitoring from a reader. "He said he knew of my work and that he hoped I would go after the story aggressively."


The disclosure of eavesdropping occurs as soldier Bradley Manning is being tried in the U.S. for allegedly leaking documents to WikiLeaks, and Greenwald knows that he's not insulated from legal action. "With a leak of this magnitude, the government will try to find a responsible party, but that was to be expected."


[Editor's Note: All quotes in this article are translated].


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