WASHINGTON -- Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian writer near the center of the storm over leaks of U.S. surveillance programs, endorsed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in New Jersey's Senate race Friday and took a shot at front-runner Cory Booker.
"Anyone concerned about mass spying or Wall-St-controlled crony capitalism candidates (Cory Booker) can back Rush Holt," Greenwald wrote on Twitter Friday.
He later told Politico: "I've long been an admirer of Holt for reasons going way beyond his unusually firm defense of civil liberties and opposition to secrecy. He's one of the few members of Congress who understands the evils of crony capitalism and its corrosive effect on Congress."
He also reiterated his criticism of Booker's ties to Wall Street.
Holt has spoken out against the use of military drones and the Patriot Act, to cite two prominent examples of his stands on security versus civil liberties.
Greenwald was one of two reporters to break the story about previously-secret U.S. spy programs. He has been in close contact with Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. spy secrets and sought asylum abroad.