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Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro Apr 29, 2014.
Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro Apr 29, 2014.
(Jimmy Chalk/The Globe and Mail)

Why Glenn Greenwald fights for privacy

Journalist Glenn Greenwald is in Toronto this weekend to participate in the Munk Debates on the legitimacy of state surveillance. Mr. Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras recently won the Pulitzer Prize for their work in The Guardian exposing the scope of the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance of American citizens and governments around the world, as revealed in the document cache of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. A U.S. citizen, Mr. Greenwald today lives in and blogs from Rio de Janeiro; the Globe’s Latin America correspondent Stephanie Nolen spoke with him there. This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.