Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he fears arrest in UK

Glenn Greenwald, who wrote stories based on leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, says he fears arrest should he visit the UK. (File photo: Reuters)

Glenn Greenwald, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who worked on stories about Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, says he is unwilling to visit the UK because he fears arrest and “doesn’t trust” the authorities there.

Greenwald, who lives in Rio, rose to fame after his scoop in the Guardian newspaper detailing how the U.S. National Security Agency was snooping on the lives of millions of Americans.

The journalist’s partner David Miranda was detained at Heathrow airport last August under the UK’s terrorism act, with officials claiming he was carrying 58,000 classified documents on a hard drive.

Greenwald now says he will not visit the UK, and has omitted the country from an upcoming book tour, the Guardian reported.

“I don’t trust them not to detain me, interrogate me and even arrest me. Their behavior has been so extreme and offensive, and the political and media class was so supportive of it, that I feel uncomfortable with the entire atmosphere,” Greenwald told the newspaper.

The new book ‘No Place to Hide’, which details the emergence of the NSA story, is published on 13 May. Greenwald, having quit his post at the Guardian, now works for a new media organization called the Intercept, which is funded by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

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