From fearless commentator to bomb-throwing critic: Glenn Greenwald’s transformation

Glenn Greenwald, an American journalist, author, and lawyer who is most well-known for disclosing classified documents from Edward Snowden about American and British surveillance programs. Following the 9/11 attacks, Greenwald started blogging about national security and was initially a strong supporter of the Iraq War, as outlined in his book “How Would a Patriot Act?” where he expressed confidence in the Bush administration. However, his views eventually shifted towards anti-Americanism and he became increasingly critical of the mainstream media.

In 2015, Greenwald suggested that the “moderate” Free Syrian Army was not a reality and that the opposition was actually led by extremist elements and various Al Qaeda manifestations. He based this claim on information from Syrian Vice-Foreign Minister, Faisal Mekdad. Additionally, Greenwald has been a vocal critic of the “Russiagate” investigation, describing it as “wildly exaggerated hysteria and the kind of jingoistic fear-mongering.” He has also spoken out against the “Azov nazis” and referred to them as “real Nazis,” while accusing the press of whitewashing their actions. However, his claims have been challenged, as shown in a detailed article by Alasdair McCallum on Azov.

Greenwald has also shown support for Russia’s March 2022 disinformation campaign about “bioweapons labs in Ukraine,” which was spread by various channels, including QAnon and Fox News. Tucker Carlson of Fox News claimed that the US was “funding the creation of deadly pathogens” in Ukraine, and Greenwald appeared as a guest on Carlson’s show to discuss the matter. However, the conspiracy theory has been widely debunked, and Carlson’s coverage has been criticized as pro-Russian propaganda.

Despite his previous reputation as “the American left’s most fearless political commentator,” Greenwald has increasingly adopted a bomb-throwing media-critic persona. He has made numerous appearances on Carlson’s show, and shares content from controversial figures such as Jack Posobiec, Matt Gaetz, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. It remains to be seen how he will address Tucker Carlson’s recent attempt to fire a co-worker for not finding evidence of vote system manipulation during the 2020 US presidential election.

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