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NSA Reports Lead 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Today, U.S. journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prizes, paid tribute to the The Guardian US and The Washington Post, both of which shocked the world with their coverage of the National Security Agency’s surveillance state, based on thousands of documents shared with them by whistleblower Edward Snowden. This page features selected interviews from our related coverage on Democracy Now!. The prestigious Pulitzer for Public Service was given to a series of reports on the NSA by journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill, Spencer Ackerman, James Ball and Barton Gellman.

Others who were honored and have been on Democracy Now! include David Philipps of The Gazette, in Colorado Springs, for his reporting on how the U.S. Army is downsizing from a decade of war by increasingly kicking out soldiers, including wounded combat veterans. See all of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners.

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