Just noting in passing, but I think Glenn Greenwald is becoming more irrelevant by the day.
I'm quite sure Salon had two Greenwald related posts up only a few days ago. One is still available if you search for it, but it didn't slide from the front page over to "Most Read" status; I found it through Google. The other was an excerpt from his book. Maybe they deleted that one because Huffington Post has it now; maybe it was never there, and my memory is bad (I didn't bother to read it, but I remember it).
In either case, Greenwald doesn't seem to be trending, even at his old internet stomping grounds. Which is curious, because Greenwald seems more determined than ever to make the NSA revelations of Edward Snowden all about Greenwald.
He promised, in the Salon interview, to reveal yet more blockbusters. I thought I'd read somewhere these would be in his book (which was embargoed even for reviewers until it was released), but apparently no blockbusters were hidden in those pages. In the interview he says the news will be ready for the public by maybe June of this year. Of course, he's been promising major revelations and retribution against the British and American governments since August of last year, so I guess we're just supposed to believe him and keep waiting with bated breath; or on tenterhooks, or something.
The anticipation is killing me.
But if the excerpt of his new book from Huffington Post is any indication, Greenwald still thinks this story is all about Greenwald. (I ventured that opinion at Salon, and was denounced as a troll by Greenwaldian acolytes. I thought it was kinda funny nobody would engage the substance of what I said. No one rebutted me, they just complained that I'd raised the issue.) He doesn't seem to have much to say about what the NSA has been doing (no surprise, since so much of what he's said has been wrong), but a great deal to say about what it's like to be Glenn Greenwald. The more things change, the more they remain the same.
I thought the journalist wasn't supposed to be the point; the story was. Even Edward Snowden asked Putin about surveillance and espionage. Greenwald just gives interviews about what it's like to be Greenwald, and to make sure everybody looks forward to what Greenwald says next, or what Glenn Greenwald thinks about surveillance and national security. I mean, what, exactly, did he tell Stephen Colbert about the NSA that was new, interesting, or even insightful, except that, once again, the best is yet to come?
Which seems to be pretty much to be the best way to be sure everybody is paying attention to Glenn Greenwald, because he's not through trying to occupy center stage just yet.
Just as a quick example, because Greenwald is on "Fresh Air" as I type: he just said he has in his possession "tens of thousands" of documents (the number has never been specific) which governments around the world want to get hold of. Again, the story is about brave Glenn Greenwald and nefarious governments with shadowy, threatening powers. What it isn't about, over a year later, is what's in those documents. Greenwald can't, or won't, tell us. What he will tell us is that he's very important because he has them.
As long as he can do that, he's a "journalist." Apparently. Odd definition, if you ask me.