He has helped magnify the relationship of the 99% vis-a-vis the 1%
For many people, the startling realization that the world may not be as it had seemed, that the reality that they had hitherto imagined about their government was in all too many cases a tissue of lies, came at the hands of the momentous revelations that came from the intelligence leaks of Edward Snowden.
Previously such allegations of government intelligence surveillance abuse could be comfortably dismissed by respectable opinion as lying within the realms of “conspiracy theory”. But Edward Snowden changed all that, shocking everyone with the undeniable reality.
And his handmaiden in revealing this reality to the world has been journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Here are a few of Glenn Greenwald’s quotes that reflect the role he has assumed of speaking truth to power:
“The term propaganda rings melodramatic and exaggerated, but a press that—whether from fear, careerism, or conviction—uncritically recites false government claims and reports them as fact, or treats elected officials with a reverence reserved for royalty, cannot be accurately described as engaged in any other function.”
“Democracy requires accountability and consent of the governed, which is only possible if citizens know what is being done in their name.”
“The way things are supposed to work is that we're supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that's why they're called public servants. They're supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that's why we're called private individuals.”
“Transparency is for those who carry out public duties and exercise public power. Privacy is for everyone else.”
“The true measurement of a person’s worth isn’t what they say they believe in, but what they do in defense of those beliefs,” he said. “If you’re not acting on your beliefs, then they probably aren’t real.”