Journalist Glenn Greenwald is smacked in the face during live TV interview by right-wing Brazilian reporter who made disparaging comments about the American’s adopted children
- The pair came to blow’s during a livestream of a radio show in Brazil
- Augusto Nunes said Greenwald and his husband don’t take care of their children
- Greenwald is known in Brazil for his reporting on Bolsonaro and corruption
- He found fame over his reporting on surveillance leaked by Edward Snowden
Glenn Greenwald, the US journalist who helped expose government surveillance with Edward Snowden, has been slapped live on air by far-right Brazilian reporter Augusto Nunes.
The two journalists came to blows over Nunes’s previous comments about Greenwald’s two adopted children with his husband, Brazilian politician David Miranda.
The Jovem Pan radio show which aired yesterday was live-streamed on YouTube and showed the moment Nunes takes a swing at Greenwald, starting a scuffle which staff had to stop.
Nunes had previously suggested a family judge should look into taking away Greenwald’s adopted children.
Right-wing Brazilian journalist Augusto Nunes (right) hit Glenn Greenwald (left) during a live-streamed radio show
Greenwald said, according to Buzzfeed: ‘What he did was the ugliest and dirtiest thing I’ve ever seen in my career as a journalist.’
But Nunes then said Greenwald, a long-time critic of Jair Bolsonaro, and his husband’s neglect of their children was ‘the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in my life’.
In the video, Nunes asks, ‘Who’s going to take care of the kids?’, saying Greenwald spends his day trawling through stolen messages while his husband is in Brasilia working in politics.
The US journalist repeatedly calls him a coward before Nunes becomes violent.
The two journalists came to blows over Nunes’s previous comments about Greenwald’s two adopted children with his husband
Station staff had to step in and stop the fight between the pair which was being broadcast live on YouTube
People on the left rallied to Greenwald’s defence but others supported Nunes for the attack.
Greenwald is prominent in Brazil for his reporting on the country’s largest ever corruption investigation, which is calling into question Bolsonaro’s leadership and thus angering those on the right.
One of the main sources of information is leaked texts and critics have accused him of illegal hacking, which is what Nunes referred to.
Glenn Greenwald came to prominence reporting on the US Government and the NSA’s surveillance programmes
He previously came to prominence reporting on the US Government and the NSA’s surveillance programmes which were exposed by Edward Snowden.
Greenwald told Nunes his comments were cowardly and ‘partially homophobic’ and his supporters were applauding the violence because they are fascists.
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