By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — The man who claimed to leak state secrets on government eavesdropping sought to break the story through a columnist who has made no secret of his distaste for intrusions on privacy.
Edward Snowden brought his information to Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian instead of the Washington Post, with which he had briefly corresponded. The case illustrates the passion an opinion-driven journalist can bring to a breaking news story at the same time it raises questions about fairness.
Greenwald, author of books in which he argues the government has trampled on personal rights, wrote the original stories exposing the extent of the government's data collection. Over the weekend, he identified intelligence contractor Snowden as his source at Snowden's request.
Greenwald says the government is "building this massive spying apparatus aimed at its own population."
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