Nevertheless, Greenwald indicated that the pope was a worthy choice.
"I don't begrudge the choice of Pope Francis: some of his pronouncements are impressive with the potential to achieve real change," Greenwald wrote, before citing others who share his view that Snowden "influenced this year's news events" more than any other.
"But for the reasons which the New Yorker's John Cassidy, the New York Times' Margaret Sullivan, and the Washington Post's Andrea Peterson all stated, Snowden is clearly, by far, the person who has most influenced this year's news events. If it were a serious magazine with minimally brave editors, then of course Snowden would have been chosen, but I never expected him to be precisely because that's not what TIME is."
Shortly after the decision was announced, Greenwald fired off a pair of tweets aimed at Time. He first mockingly called Time "edgy, bold, courageous and innovative as ever" and then tweeted a link to an article from The Onion that satirized the magazine.
To understand TIME Magazine, just watch this video from the Onion http://t.co/KuwV77S7nQ— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 11, 2013
Greenwald set the stakes for the "person of the year" selection earlier this week, suggesting that Time would be "naming themselves Cowards of the Decade" if Snowden did not receive the distinction.
If TIME doesn't name Snowden Person of the Year, they're naming themselves Cowards of the Decade http://t.co/jJyltgSVWE— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 9, 2013
This post has been updated.