October 15, 2013 Last Updated 4:28 pm

Glenn Greenwald to leave the Guardian to pursue 'once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity'

In a rather surprising announcement, Glenn Greenwald announced that it would be leaving the Guardian to pursue what he described as “a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity.” Greenwald joined the Guardian in August of last year after having written for Salon.

Here is Greenwald’s statement:

“My partnership with the Guardian has been extremely fruitful and fulfilling: I have high regard for the editors and journalists with whom I worked and am incredibly proud of what we achieved.”

“The decision to leave was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline.”

“Because this news leaked before we were prepared to announce it, I’m not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture, but it will be unveiled very shortly.”

The Guardian also issued a statement, written by Jennifer Lindauer:

“Glenn Greenwald is a remarkable journalist and it has been fantastic working with him. Our work together over the last year has demonstrated the crucial role that responsible investigative journalism can play in holding those in power to account. We are of course disappointed by Glenn’s decision to move on, but can appreciate the attraction of the new role he has been offered. We wish him all the best.”

Buzzfeed broke the story and states that Greenwald will be launching his own news organization with “hubs” in New York City, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Greenwald will remain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.