Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden will join the likes of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and journalist Glenn Greenwald on the executive board of the non-profit Freedom of the Press Foundation, the group announced Tuesday.
The organization, formed barely a year ago with the goal of helping support and defend public interest journalism, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker will join the group’s board starting this February.
Greenwald — the reporter who was among the first to collaborate with Mr. Snowden last year on a series of articles based off of those leaked NSA documents — said in a statement Tuesday that the board’s newest edition “is a perfect example of our group’s purpose.”
“We began this organization to protect and support those who are being punished for bringing transparency to the world’s most powerful factions or otherwise dissent from government policy,” Greenwald said
Snowden’s actions have been “heroic,” Greenwald continued, adding, “it is very fitting that he can now work alongside us in defense of press freedom, accountability, and the public’s right-to-know.”