Jeremy Scahill spoke out for the first time on Thursday about the much-hyped website he is launching with fellow journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras.
News of the site, which does not have a name yet, leaked on Tuesday, when BuzzFeed reported that Greenwald was departing the Guardian to help run the new venture. It soon emerged that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar was backing the site, and that Scahill and Poitras would be a part of it. (Omidyar is also the founder of Honolulu Civil Beat, which is partnering with The Huffington Post on its HuffPost Hawaii site.)
Speaking to German interviewer Tilo Jung, Scahill said that he, Greenwald and Poitras had been talking about starting a "serious investigative journalism site" for a while.
"We were trying to think of a place where we could do more quick response journalism, to put things out in more detail," he said. Luckily for the three reporters, Omidyar, and his deep pockets, came calling. Scahill said that the site would hire "really exciting" young journalists, as well as veterans.
He also cautioned that the project was still in its "strategic" stages.
"We all deal in the world of leaks," he said. "Someone leaked that we were doing this. "I don't know who it was. I'm not happy about it, but I don't have the power to prosecute them like Obama does.