When there’s a traffic accident on the road the traffic on the opposite lane comes to a virtual standstill. The accident itself hasn’t impeded traffic in the opposite lane at all and yet still traffic slows to nothing. The reason? Everyone slows down to get a better look at the carnage as they’re driving past. And so it is when following Glenn Greenwald on that window into the souls of the rich and famous that is Twitter.
For those of you who haven’t made it to a virtual or physical news portal as of late, Glenn Greenwald is the man who broke Edward Snowden’s leaks about the extent to which US intelligence is spying on the entire world. It has been the biggest news story that no one cared about, the almost universal reaction from people was to shrug their shoulders and say “so tell me something I don’t know!”
Glenn also mounted a rambling defense of the terrorists who hacked to death an off duty soldier in Woolwich, London, find out more about that here. He defends just about anything and anyone who is being sought by the United States and has moved to Brasil out of discontent for the USA as a whole and constantly attacks his country of birth. Like when he attacked the US justice system (again);
US justice: judge allows DOJ to brief her in secret in its leak prosecution of Stephen Kim http://t.co/56GgUxRyBM
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 31, 2013
When he tweeted this I found myself unable to hold back from at least some kind of defense of the US justice system;
@ggreenwald I wanna complain too but I keep thinking of the number of people currently dreaming of having a system half as good as the US
— Marc Goldberg (@MarcsWords) October 31, 2013
On the 18th of August British police arrested Greenwald’s boyfriend David Miranda at Heathrow airport. He was in possession of thousands of classified NSA documents which he was reportedly couriering back to Greenwald in Brasil. Miranda was held for the legal limit of 9 hours and then sent packing. The files he was carrying are still in the UK being analysed.
Here’s a tweet relating to that episode;
If David Miranda is a ‘terrorist’ & spy for carrying GCHQ docs, what is the NYT for possessing & publishing them? http://t.co/u8pGwrQQPD
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 2, 2013
Yeah okay Glenn, If I was carrying tens of thousands of documents relating to the national security of the UK and the USA I have the feeling I might be held longer than 9 hours. In fact I can’t think of a better word to describe someone clandestinely carrying documents stolen from the NSA across international borders than ‘spy’, but hey, that’s just me. Is the tremendously witty comment I said to absolutely no one.
Despite or perhaps because of his constant string of self righteous nonsense I just can’t look away from this car crash. Glenn has made himself the champion of the other guy. If you want to find someone who has mounted an all out war on the USA and the West as a whole using every legal(ish) means at his disposal this is the man.
What I’m wondering is how much longer @gglennwald is going to be allowed to continue attacking, humiliating and browbeating the US for. He has managed to cause a huge degree of embarrassment to the US and British governments as well as many others. It looks like this guy is daring the greatest Western, democratic governments to try and stop him.
Surely there is only one way this is going to end. Personally I can’t stand the guy…but yes, I’m still following him.