Glenn Greenwald’s first book since his Edward Snowden/NSA coverage began (which recently won both a Pulitzer and a Polk Award) is being published today, and the press tour and reviews for No Place to Hide are already underway. One bit of backlash: some claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous are threatening to disrupt Greenwald’s book store talks because of his business relationship with Pierre Omidyar, the PayPal honcho.
I’ll monitor the other reactions today.
For starters, last night The New York Times’s Charlie Savage presented a couple of scoops (or semi-scoops) from the book.
In May 2010, when the United Nations Security Council was weighing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, several members were undecided about how they would vote. The American ambassador to the United Nations, Susan E. Rice, asked the National Security Agency for help “so that she could develop a strategy,” a leaked agency document shows.
The N.S.A. swiftly went to work, developing the paperwork to obtain legal approval for spying on diplomats from four Security Council members—Bosnia, Gabon, Nigeria and Uganda—whose embassies and missions were not already under surveillance. The following month, 12 members of the 15-seat Security Council voted to approve new sanctions, with Lebanon abstaining and only Brazil and Turkey voting against.
Later that summer, Ms. Rice thanked the agency, saying its intelligence had helped her to know when diplomats from the other permanent representatives—China, England, France and Russia—“were telling the truth…revealed their real position on sanctions…gave us an upper hand in negotiations…and provided information on various countries ‘red lines.’”
Then there’s the Times’s review today, in which Michiko Kakutani hails the NSA/Snowden sections but hits Greenwald for “gross generalizations” about how the media handle such stories. But this Slate review is fully supportive, calling the book “incisive and slashing.”
Greenwald on Democracy Now! today.
GQ out with a Q & A. Here’s one section:
The only reason he’s in Russia is that the U.S. blocked his attempt to go to Ecuador. Russia is planning on extending his visa either for another year or for ﬁve years or maybe even permanently. But it’s an odd situation, because he’s obviously expressed interest in having asylum in other places. We actually created a pretty widespread campaign here for Brazil to give him asylum. I’ve always had an amusing dream: to take a picture of the two of us drinking caipirinhas on Ipanema beach and then uploading it to Instagram, and then tweeting it, and causing this systemic massive-heart-attack syndrome in Fort Meade.
And we wouldn’t want to miss Greenwald getting a heavy grilling on Colbert last night. (Note: Greenwald provided blurbs for my book on Iraq and the media, So Wrong for So Long, and for The Age of WikiLeaks.)