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The American columnist who can't live in America

June 10th, 2013
05:23 PM ET

By Richa Naik, CNN

Blogger and columnist Glenn Greenwald may have broken the biggest American story of the year, but the American can’t even live in America.

Greenwald, a gay man, moved to Brazil so he could be with his spouse since the U.S. government does not recognize same-sex couples when applying for residency visas. Greenwald said that this experience has allowed him to cast a critical eye on the subjects he reports on.

“When you grow up with any kind of real challenge that forces you to evaluate your relationship to these conventions and the things that you’re taught…you start to question what that system is.” Greenwald said. “Is it really valid in the way that it’s rejecting me or is it the system itself that is corrupted? I think that lends itself to a much more critical eye that you end up casting upon things that you’re taught are indisputably true.”

In the video above you can watch Christiane Amanpour's interview with Greenwald.


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  1. Pirate Ship USA

    Hell-cut the drama. He can live in America if he want to.

    June 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • J.J.

      Why should he sacrifice his relationship in order to live in the U.S.?

      June 11, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • anon

      have you ever been in love?

      June 11, 2013 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • sawantde

      What a selfish comment! Grow up

      June 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  2. Justine

    what a load of you know what.....he can live in the United States if he wants to but he CHOSE to live in Brazil because his gay marriage isn't recognized. This article and subsequent tweets about it are really misleading if not flat out lying. I though you were better than this Chirstiane

    June 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Jose

      This is a discussion of semantics. Maybe he can, but living the US is a terrible option, given his personal situation. The focus should be on whether existing laws are just, not on the semantics of the article.

      June 11, 2013 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • Abraham

      Justine: are you married, living in the US? Imagine that the US government decided that your spouse could not stay legally in the US. You'd constantly be in fear of the USCIS coming to take your spouse away. You could not make any plans for the future because the future is so uncertain. In this situation; according to your finely honed thinking, If you decided to maintain your relationship with your spouse; and left the US to be with them, your decision to leave the US to be with them is a CHOICE. Really? Putting yourself in Mr Greenwald's place is it a choice to leave a place that intentionally attempts to bear you apart? Think about it.

      June 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • Mary

      Justine you proved how out of touch with things you are because it is obvious that you never truly been in love because if you have been you know that it is not his choice to live outside the country of his birth the country is forcing him out he is one of many hundreds of thousands that are being forced to choose between the one they love and country. So all I can say to you Justine is I hope you are never in the situation that you are forced to choose.

      June 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • sawantde

      Justine I hope you think about whether straight binational married couples even have to think/deal with the choice that binational gay and lesbian couples deal with. The issue is not whether Glenn can live in the US or not OR the choice he made to move to Brazil. Its more to do with WHY did he have to make such a choice? Why couldn't the love of his life marry and move to the US with him whereas similar straight couples who are married are allowed the freedom to do so (sponsor their husbands, wives from other countries) on a daily basis.

      June 11, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  3. Chris

    Amanpour is a US establishment shill, an Israel shill and a status quo shill overall. Not really commenting on the article at hand, just saying.

    June 11, 2013 at 12:04 am | Reply
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      Catapult the Propaganda

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      CNN ZNN

      June 11, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
  4. nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney

    Department of Fatherland Terror

    two-tiered 'JUSTICE' system

    The DHS Police State

    June 11, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
  5. Matthew

    I'm a gay man ad this article deeply offends me. He is CHOOSING to live there, not being forced to live there. He also just admited that he has no objectivity because of his beef with DOMA.

    June 11, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
    • Charles Johnson

      II am a gay man and Matthew deeply offends me, and regardless of what is admited or admitted by Matthew June 11, 2013 at 12:07 am, his beef with DOMA does not mean he has "no objectivity" on that issue or any others. It is sad that these views such as those of Matthew and Pirate Ship USA
      Hell-cut the drama. He can live in America if he want to. June 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm
      Justine
      what a load of you know what.....he can live in the United States if he wants to but he CHOSE to live in Brazil because his gay marriage isn't recognized. This article and subsequent tweets about it are really misleading if not flat out lying. I though you were better than this Chirstiane June 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm ...
      just focus on trolling and not the idiocy of the law that make is a problem or impossible for the 2 men to live together here in the USA, Land of the Free, falling behind the lands of freer ( more free, and less spied upon) people. Good job you "Israel shill" :) well the idiotic move of writing the USA PATRIOT act qualifies on to be an expert on Abuse of power, +Techdirt #IStandWithEdwardSnowden cuz #iAmSnowden #Catch22 thanks +Lee Camp... The TRUTH About Whistleblowers Edward #Snowden And Bradley #Manning – http://youtu.be/CQzj-Ha0lu0 #EdSnowden #nsa The TRUTH About Whistleblowers Edward #Snowden And Bradley #Manning - youtu.be/CQzj-Ha0lu0 via @youtube #EdSnowden #nsa—
      Lee Camp & MOC Show (@LeeCamp) June 11, 2013 https://plus.google.com/u/0/117403632949354264405/posts/gYebuhoMBDy

      June 11, 2013 at 12:20 am | Reply
  6. brmull

    Get a clue you guys. Choosing to live without your spouse is not a choice. It's like you're saying I have a choice to move to Somalia. Theoretically yes, but I would have no quality of life.

    June 11, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • Matthew

      Thats true, but don't write an article with a headline that implies that he was kicked out of the country. His living situation is NOT the result of his story about the NSA. DOMA is a stupid law that is probably going to be shot down by the supreme court. There is no need to make FALSE STATEMENTS about things to show how ignorant this law is.

      June 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  7. Colleen

    Maybe it would be insulting to him and his partner to live in a country that does not recognise their union. I don't blame him, also Brazil would be much more fun, just my opinion of course,

    June 11, 2013 at 2:45 am | Reply
  8. walter machann

    This whole discussion is not about "gayness", but rather about the capability of objectivity in discussion of crucial issues! Keep trying Christianne, you are coming closer!!

    June 11, 2013 at 6:40 am | Reply
  9. Jeremy

    Guys, he's not protesting DOMA. His partner is NOT ALLOWED to live in the US, he can't get a visa.

    June 11, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • JW Adams

      sure his partner can come to the USA i live in the Philippines and i know of 2 gay men that have been sponsored to the USA

      June 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  10. Colleen2

    Right, Christine, let's focus on Glenn Greenwald's character and personal life instead of what he has just revealed about the NSA.

    June 11, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  11. JOSEPH UDOEKPO

    This is a revenge to America for not recognizing his sinful gay marriage.

    June 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Connie

      You're an idiot.

      June 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • sawantde

      A bigoted Idiot – the worst!

      June 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  12. Rufus Reeta

    Some folks do post unmitigated rubbish!

    June 13, 2013 at 7:32 am | Reply
  13. Gino

    While Glenn Grennwald go to Brazil, couple of russians gays and lesbians moved to State because of antigay law of Putin. He defends Putin, Iranian president a Columbia university without comdamning is statement on gay. Double standard.

    September 6, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply

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