How Greenwald and Snowden leaked the Secrets

Die NSA zeichnet jeden Tag über 5 Millarden Handy-Daten auf der ganzen Welt auf. Die Meldung finde ich ein halbes Jahr nach den ersten Snowden-Leaks ehrlich gesagt alles andere als spannend, ich gehe davon aus, dass sämtliche elektronische Kommunikation auf ihrem Weg in den Datenbanken des ein oder anderen Geheimdienstes landet und ausgewertet wird. Spannend dagegen finde ich das neue Portrait von Greenwald und Snowden beim Rolling Stone, die die Geschichte beider Männer bis zu ihrer Kindheit zurückverfolgt und die ganze Story erzählt, die zu den Leaks führte. Würde mich nicht wundern, wenn dieser Artikel hier die Grundlage zu einem Techno/Polit-Thriller in den nächsten Jahren bildet.

Contrary to his confrontational persona, Greenwald is actually quite sweet in person, apologizing for his car, a somewhat beat-up, doggy-smelling, red Kia with tennis clothes tossed in the back, and a Pink CD case on the dashboard that Greenwald, 46, is quick to explain belongs to Miranda, who is 28. “I still listen to all the stuff I liked in high school – Elton John, Queen,” he says, shrugging, and then immediately wonders if it’s weird that “music just never spoke to me all that much.”

Greenwald’s childhood role model was his paternal grandfather, Louis “L.L.” Greenwald, a local city councilman, and “sort of this standard 1930s Jewish socialist type,” who crusaded on behalf of the poor against the voracious “condo bosses” who controlled the city. In high school, Greenwald ran a quixotic campaign for a city-council seat, which he lost, but not before scoring a “moral victory” by simply challenging his entrenched opponents. “The most important thing my grandfather taught me was that the most noble way to use your skills, intellect and energy is to defend the marginalized against those with the greatest power – and that the resulting animosity from those in power is a badge of honor.”

Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets (via Reddit)