This week, the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced, during which whistle blower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was acknowledged for his public service.
The Guardian US and Washington Post were each awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service for their coverage of secret surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. Their reporting was based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, who revealed details of global electronic surveillance by the U.S. spy agency.
The Pulitzer Prize board said that the aggressive reporting by the Guardian US encouraged debate about the relationship between the U.S. government and the public over issues of security and privacy and that the Post’s reporting helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into a larger framework of national security.
Here is a full list of the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2014.