WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Glenn Greenwald expressed his unabashed thoughts and criticism in a wide-ranging interview with GQ magazine, in which he explores everything from modern journalism, Hillary Clinton and of course, Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency.
The former Guardian journalist who helped publish former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks last year took a series of scathing shots at the former secretary of state, and the possibility of her 2016 presidential run.
“Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle. She’s a f****** hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere,” Greenwald told GQ.
Greenwald says that her potential election as the first female U.S. president would be “completely symbolic,” and that “she’ll do nothing by continue everything in pursuit of her own power.”
“But she’s going to be the first female president, and women in America are going to be completely invested in her candidacy,” Greenwald told GQ. “Opposition to her is going to be depicted as misogynistic, like opposition to Obama has been depicted as racist.”
Greenwald, who is gay, continued in the message of empty symbolism within the American political scene: “They’ll probably have a gay person after Hillary who’s just going to do the same thing.”
Greenwald says that he “badly” hopes this happens to the U.S., because many Americans “love to mock the idea of monarchy, and yet we have our own de facto monarchy.”
He says that the NSA leaks have helped expose the U.S. government as a “permanent” and separate entity that operates without any input from American voters.
“They demonstrated that there really is this government that just is the kind of permanent government that doesn’t get affected by election choices and that isn’t in any way accountable to any sort of democratic transparency and just creates its own world off on its own,” says Greenwald.
Clinton had stepped down from the State Department by the time the Guardian published the first NSA leaks in June of last year. And although she has mostly kept her opinions on civil liberties versus security out of the public spotlight in the past year, she expressed her distaste for Snowden at an April event at the University of Connecticut.
“When he emerged and when he absconded with all that material, I was puzzled, because we have all these protections for whistleblowers,” Clinton told the moderator when she was asked if there had been any positive effects for security policy in the wake of the NSA revelations, according to Mother Jones. “If he were concerned and wanted to be part of the American debate, he could have been. But it struck me as—I just have to be honest with you—as sort of odd that he would flee to China, because Hong Kong is controlled by China, and that he would then go to Russia, two countries with which we have very difficult cyber-relationships, to put it mildly.”
Clinton suggested that “terrorist groups” may have been aided by Snowden’s leaks, whether the handing over of information was intentional or unintentional.
Greenwald’s interview with GQ comes as his new book, “No Place to Hide,” is released.