Last year, journalist Glenn Greenwald, with the help of Edward Snowden, broke the news of the NSA's sprawling spy ops. Yet just one year later, with Greenwald now heading a new muckraking magazine, The Intercept, Politico asks if America is bored with him and his leaks.
To support the hypothesis, Politico spoke with former NSA chief Michael Hayden, who had a major hand in shaping the organization Greenwald exposed. His take:
"I think there's a bit of Snowden fatigue out there right now," said former NSA director Michael Hayden, who points to the public's less-than-inflamed response to Greenwald's recent revelation that the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) monitored five prominent Muslim-Americans whose names appeared among 7,485 email addresses examined between 2002 and 2008. Greenwald "thought that FISA thing was going to be a grand finale for the fireworks display, but frankly it didn't bounce very much," said Hayden. [Politico]
Last July, Politico said of Greenwald that, "the news cycle has moved on," and that the reporter "doesn't seem to have any more revelations up his sleeve."