The Huffington Post’s home page headline reads “BACK IN THE USSA,” a reference to the homecoming of controversial American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, both of whom have led the reporting of Edward Snowden’s leaked NSA documents and have not been back to U.S. since evidence of worldwide surveillance surfaced.
The two journalists are returning to the U.S. in part to receive an award for their journalistic contributions. Along with Pulitzer Prize-winning Barton Gellman and The Guardian’s Ewen MacAskill, Greenwald and Poitras will be honored at the prestigious Polk Awards held Friday in New York.
Greenwald explained his motivation to return to The Huffington Post:
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Greenwald said he’s motivated to return because “certain factions in the U.S. government have deliberately intensified the threatening climate for journalists.”
“It’s just the principle that I shouldn’t allow those tactics to stop me from returning to my own country,” Greenwald said.
Greenwald suggested government officials and members of Congress have used the language of criminalization as a tactic to chill investigative journalism.
Greenwald is certainly not alone in his assessment of Congress and the Obama administration. The Associated Press recently published a damning analysis of the administration’s handling of the press and lack of transparency, which echoes many of Greenwald's sentiments.
Greenwald’s case, however, is especially precarious as he has been specifically cited by members of Congress as one of Edward Snowden’s “accomplices” and accused of selling stolen intelligence.
Greenwald told The Huffington Post that the federal government has not made clear to his legal counsel if he is to be formally charged or named in any grand jury investigations tied to the NSA leaks.