Glenn Greenwald is leaving the U.K.-based Guardian according to a statement he put out on Tuesday afternoon.
Greenwald is perhaps best known for publishing revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the government agency’s spying on the U.S. public. Greenwald explained that he has been presented with a “once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity” as his reason for leaving the Guardian.
“My partnership with the Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling,” Greenwald wrote in a statement. “I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved. The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline. Because this news leaked before we were prepared to announce it, I’m not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture, but it will be unveiled very shortly.”
In a statement, Guardian spokeswoman Jennifer Lindauer responded to the news with praise for Greewald and disappointment he was pursuing another venture.
“Glenn Greenwald is a remarkable journalist and it has been fantastic working with him. Our work together over the last year has demonstrated the crucial role that responsible investigative journalism can play in holding those in power to account. We are of course disappointed by Glenn’s decision to move on, but can appreciate the attraction of the new role he has been offered. We wish him all the best.”