Glenn Greenwald is leaving Salon for the Guardian, where he will write a weekly column along with the daily blog posts he has done for years. He says a grateful and gracious goodbye to his home for the last five years:
Throughout my time here, Salon always evinced an unyielding belief in publishing a wide range of views without fear of offending orthodoxies or establishments, and they continue to do so. I’m as convinced as ever that Salon‘s future, its prospect for growth, is very bright. They have many excellent fresh voices, an institutional devotion to investigative reporting, and a willingness to take the type of risks which real adversarial journalism requires. I have immense respect for the people I’ve worked with here, including Editor-in-Chief Kerry Lauerman, former Editor Joan Walsh, and Salon Founder and former CEO David Talbot.
All of that made the decision to leave genuinely difficult. But sometimes sustaining one’s passion and sense of challenge requires change. Beyond that, The Guardian affords the opportunity to reach a new audience, further internationalize my readership, and be reinvigorated in a different environment. As difficult as leaving Salon is, I’m excited by my new venue, and look forward to continuing the work with my readers which we’ve been able to do here so constructively over the past several years. I read Salon long before I began writing for it and expect to be reading it long into the future.
I think it’s a great move for him and I look forward to reading him no matter where his work is published. He’s one of the most important and intellectually honest commentators around (which is not the same thing as always being right, so please spare me the “but he’s wrong about my pet issue” comments).