From Rich Jones, on the Cypherpunks mailing list:
The main revelation of [Citizenfour], however, is what an incredible boob Glenn Greenwald is. I had some idea of this after seeing him give an extremely disappointing talk earlier this year, but I don’t think I quite understood how useless this guy really is. He’s constantly asking the wrong questions, displays a technical ineptness (to the point of deliberate ignorance) that obviously hampers the journalism, and at very step shows a very clear desire to keep the document cache to himself for careerist purposes. At one point Ewen MacAskill brings up the idea of there being a Wikileaks-esque document explorer, and Ed says that this would be the best outcome for the documents, and Greenwald quickly dismisses the idea to talk about his publishing schedule. I still have immense respect for him, but I found it very frustrating and quite cringey to watch him treat the whole event in news-cycle terms, while everybody around him is obviously thinking in historical context. For instance, there is a moment when they are prepping for Ed’s first on-camera interview and he asks the reporters how much background he should give about himself, and they give different answers. Poitras asks for as much detail as possible, and Greenwald basically says that isn’t important, just be short so we get a good soundbite…
Other commenters throw in, with John Young of Cryptome in a particularly scathing mood. Highly recommended.
Fair’s fair, so I am adding that I just found this comment from another cpunks member, which someone else on the list ratified:
I wasn’t watching the scene with the intention of being able to recall it fully afterwards, but I remember it rather differently. I recall Ed saying releasing all of the documents Wikileaks-style would an ideal outcome, but because it included information that should be legitimately redacted, he instead wanted to filter the material through journalists who would make that judgement call. Also, Greenwald said he was under a deadline, and I think you’ll agree it was in everyone’s best interests to start to get the information out as quickly as possible.