Scott Horton Interviews Glenn Greenwald

Scott Horton, July 18, 2011

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Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and author of With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, discusses WIRED magazine’s much-delayed release of the full Bradley Manning/Adrian Lamo chat logs; the lies and omissions from Lamo and WIRED editors Evan Hansen and Kevin Poulsen; newly revealed information that could aid Manning’s legal defense (like Lamo’s claim of confidentiality); and the very weak connection between Manning and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

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Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional lawyer in New York City, first at the Manhattan firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and then at the litigation firm he founded, Greenwald, Christoph. Greenwald litigated numerous high-profile and significant constitutional cases in federal and state courts around the country, including multiple First Amendment challenges. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law (1994) and a B.A. from George Washington University (1990). In October of 2005, Greenwald started a political and legal blog, Unclaimed Territory, which quickly became one of the most popular and highest-trafficked in the blogosphere.

Upon disclosure by the New York Times in December 2005 of President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Greenwald became one of the leading and most cited experts on that controversy. In early 2006, he broke a story on his blog regarding the NSA scandal that served as the basis for front-page articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, all of which credited his blog for the story. Several months later, Sen. Russ Feingold read from one of Greenwald’s posts during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Feingold’s resolution to censure the president for violating FISA. In 2008, Sen. Chris Dodd read from Greenwald’s Salon blog during floor debate over FISA. Greenwald’s blog was also cited as one of the sources for the comprehensive report issued by Rep. John Conyers titled “The Constitution in Crisis.” In 2006, he won the Koufax Award for best new blog.

Greenwald is the author of A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok and Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.

5 Responses to “Glenn Greenwald”

  1. Not surprising no major media has reported on this at any length whatsoever, just like they've ignored Scahill's story on the CIA prisons in Somalia. This entire story is a watershed moment for this country and it's way too easy to see who's side the media is on.
    Wired totally demolished the credibilty when these logs were released. Learning just how big a snake Lamo actually is, the lies Poulson told when he claimed over and over all the pertinent information had been released. Not by a long shot.
    Between these logs and Obama's statement that Manning was guilty, I don't see how they can build any kind of case against Manning. But they won't have to I'm afraid, because wherever they hold this trial, it wohn't be a fair one. If Manning walks the outrage by our "Patriots" would make the uproar after the OJ acquittal seem like a mild disagreement.

  2. Unlike the rest of the military, Bradley Manning actually DID fight for "our freedoms." He's a true American hero!

  3. No, America's Fawning Corporate Media (as Ray McGovern calls it) hasn't reported on any of this–nor will it. It's essentially the mouthpiece of the District of Corruption Establishment.

    Manning's–WikiLeaks'–revelations have reddened a lot of faces, have revealed the cockroaches under the sink. Good for them.

  4. Greenwald, it would be nice to see you take Obama's old Constitutional Law teaching position- even though it would be a demotion for you….

  5. A Q I keep asking without yet getting an A: Is Manning's lawyer competent?

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