Glenn Greenwald says his new book, "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State" is an attempt to present the entire story of his dealings with one of the most famous whistle-blowers of all time: Edward Snowden.
"There's been so much said about our reporting about Edward Snowden, about how these documents came to light, so much of which is not true," Greenwald told NBC News National Correspondent Kate Snow. "And this is an opportunity to tell the actual story."
Last summer, Greenwald began publishing reports based on documents leaked to him by the former NSA employee. The stories caused a public debate over the use and limits of government surveillance. Currently Greenwald writes for a digital magazine owned by “First Look Media.” NBC News has a collaboration agreement with that company.
Greenwald described how the entire episode began with Snowden reaching out to Greenwald in an unsolicited email, using the alias "Cincinnatus" (a reference to a Roman warrior who defended the city against attack). Greenwald ignored those first email entreaties and almost missed the scoop of his career.
Watch the video below to hear Greenwald's account of how he first met Snowden.
First published May 12 2014, 1:40 PM
Kate Snow is a national correspondent for NBC News, contributing stories to "Nightly News with Brian Williams," the "TODAY" show and Dateline. In this role, she also serves as a fill-in anchor for "Nightly News with Brian Williams" and the "TODAY" show. Prior to being named national correspondent, Snow served as correspondent for "Rock Center with Brian Williams".
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Over her career, Snow has covered politics, four presidential elections, the White House and Congress. She continues to cover breaking news stories -- from the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., to the mall attack in Kenya and the oil spill in the Gulf.
An Emmy-winning journalist, Snow has traveled extensively and told stories that created change. Her Rock Center piece on teenage foreign exchange students being abused by host parents led to new policies at the State Department. Snowâ€™s investigative reports on texting while driving and soccer concussions among young female soccer players sparked national conversations. She was the first reporter to sit down with one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky scandal and tell his story, as well as the first to speak with kidnap victim Hannah Anderson.
Snow has interviewed a wide range of newsmakers -- from President Obama to Bono. She pointedly questioned President Bill Clinton in his first interview after his wife lost the 2008 nomination. But she can just as easily sing a tune with Rick Springfield.
Prior to joining NBC News as a "Dateline" correspondent in 2010, Snow was the anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America, a program she anchored from its inception. Previously, she was a White House correspondent for ABC News and a Congressional Correspondent for CNN.
Snow is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a masterâ€™s degree in international affairs from Georgetown Universityâ€™s School of Foreign Service. She serves on the national board of the charity Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Snow and her husband have two children.