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October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who leaked the Edward Snowden NSA documents, is leaving the Guardian to join a new media venture backed by eBay founder and chairman, Pierre Omidyar. News of Greenwald’s move was — what else? — leaked to Reuters, which did not provide details of the media company that Greenwald is joining. However, he confirmed to that he had been presented with a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline” and added that because the news had leaked “before we were prepared to announce it, I’m not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture.” In an interview with Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Omidyar also hesitated at providing more details of the venture, except to say that journalist Jeremy Scahill and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras will also become part of it. Poitras reportedly is the only other person besides Greenwald who has access to a complete copy of the Snowden documents. Scahill, the national security correspondent for The Nation, was the winner of the George Polk Book Award for his bestseller, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.