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Glenn Greenwald is leaving the Guardian for a new media venture he euphorically described as a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity.” That venture is backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the news about the NSA spying scandal, is leaving the Guardian for what he describes as “a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.” BuzzFeed broke that news Tuesday afternoon, but Greenwald wouldn’t say where exactly it is that he’s going.

On Tuesday evening, however, Reuters cited two unidentified sources who said that the new media venture is backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar also founded the Hawaiian news startup Honolulu Civil Beat in 2010, and that site partnered with the Huffington Post earlier this year to launch what is now Huffington Post Hawaii.

Update: Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, tweeted Wednesday that Omidyar confirmed to her that he’s funding the new venture:

  1. Why do you call him a “blogger”. He worked until recently for The Guardian. He just broke one of the biggest stories in decades.

    Calling him a blogger is inaccurate to say the least.

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    1. Mark Herman Simon Wednesday, October 16, 2013

      Great point.

      No blogger could have ever done this story. This of the expense it took. Hong Kong alone cost the Guardian about USD$200k, and all the flying around before and after that.

      Also, think of what it took at the Guardian to stand up to government. It could only be a tech crowd of bloggers who think that they could undergo the pressure the Guardian and Washington Post were placed under.

      Please folks, lets give some credit it, OLD MEDIA made this story happen.

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    2. Thanks for the comments. Changed to “journalist” in the story, though I should note I don’t think that blogger is a derogatory term in any way. My colleague Mathew Ingram has written more about the debate over the blogger-vs-journalist debate when it comes to Greenwald here: http://paidcontent.org/2013/06/24/greenwalds-meet-the-press-incident-shows-why-bloggers-vs-journalists-still-matters/

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  2. Perhaps Greenwald has already proven, with his work at The Guardian, just how easy it is to become a distinctive voice in a news media landscape that has lost its direction and sense of purpose.

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