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Glenn Greenwald: 'No Question' I'll Return To The US

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Glenn Greenwald told HuffPost Live on Wednesday that there is "no question" that he will try to return to the United States soon, and that he may use his recent receipt of the prestigious Polk Award to "force the issue" of whether or not he will face legal action if he comes into America.

With the Director of National Intelligence suggesting that journalists who used material leaked by Edward Snowden could be seen as his "accomplices," Greenwald could be justified in sensing some level of legal danger if he chose to enter the US. But he told HuffPost Live's Alyona Minkovski that he refused to be "exiled from my own country."

"I'm going to force the issue just on principle, and I think coming back for a ceremony like the Polk Award or other forms of journalistic awards would be a really good symbolic test," he said. "We're still figuring out exactly how we're going to do it and when, but there's no question we're going to come back to the US and test the First Amendment."

The Polk Awards will be handed out on April 11th.

Greenwald also reacted to a British court ruling that rebuffed Miranda's legal challenge to his detention. Three British judges agreed that the decision to hold him was justified on national security and anti-terrorism grounds, since he was carrying leaked materials from Edward Snowden with him.

Greenwald had already condemned the ruling and promised a legal appeal in a blog post on Wednesday morning. He told Minkovski that the ruling was "in line with this government's genuine hostility to what most people in the Western world consider a basic freedom of a free press."

He also pointed to a part of the ruling in which the judges quoted from the communications of the British Security Services, which said that it had "intelligence" that Miranda was traveling from Berlin and carrying material from Snowden.

"There is no possible way for them to have known any of that unless they were eavesdropping on our communications," he said. "To invade those kinds of communications of journalists is itself a pretty grave menace to the newsgathering process."

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