Trouble in Greenwaldia: The Intercept’s “Senior Policy Analyst” Abruptly Quits

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Marcy Wheeler (who runs the blog “Emptywheel”) was one of the first hires at Glenn Greenwald’s billionaire-funded media outlet, and today she’s announcing that she’s the first one to bail out: Announcement | Emptywheel.

This is just a quick announcement that I have ended my affiliation with First Look/The Intercept. My departure was voluntary and amicable.

To anticipate questions some may ask, my departure from The Intercept doesn’t relate to anything I wrote or didn’t write about Ukraine. It did not relate to the downtime The Intercept just took (and seems to be coming out of). The reasons for my departure predate both of those things, to January.

I’ll have more to say-not about The Intercept, per se, but about things I’ve learned about my own journalism over the last 7 months, as the Edward Snowden story played out and the Intercept discussed hiring me-at some later point, after some reflection.

Things here will remain the same.

We will, however, be doing a fundraising campaign next week (or you can beat the rush by donating today!). Until such time as a billionaire wants to support the work we do here, we will rely on readers to pay the bills.

Uh oh. Things are not serene in Glenn Greenwald’s kingdom.

UPDATE at 5/16/14 11:19:33 am

Wheeler is still listed on The Intercept’s About page.

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