Glenn Greenwald to Split With The Guardian [Updated]

Reporter tells BuzzFeed he's working on a new site

Glenn Greenwald is saying goodbye to The Guardian, according to a report published by BuzzFeed.

Greenwald, who has dominated the reporting on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, told BuzzFeed he is joining a yet-to-be-launched news site—and that the offer he received was too good to pass up.

“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 said, adding that this new enterprise will be "very well-funded."

Reports surfaced Tuesday evening that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is providing financial backing for the site. In an interview with NYU's Jay Rosen, Omidyar said that the revelations about the NSA programs motivated him to fund a new investigative news outfit. (He also claimed The Washington Post approached him about buying the paper.)

Joining Greenwald in the new venture are national security reporter Jeremy Scahill and the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, according to HuffPost. Poitras has worked closely with Greenwald on the NSA stories.

Greenwald was short on details about the new site, but he did mention to BuzzFeed that the operation will have outposts in New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Greenwald is charged with leading the editorial operation, and he said he will be able to build a team of reporters who share a similar approach and attitude toward journalism.

It sounds fairly similar to the Andrew Sullivan model—and Greenwald is enterprising enough to draw an audience no matter where he publishes. Sullivan is the centerpiece of his own blog, but he has a staff of contributors who help round out the site.

The Guardian declined to comment on Greenwald's move. Greenwald did not respond to a request for comment.

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