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Edward Snowden’s statement on award of Pulitzer Prize

Originally published in the Guardian, 14 April 2014

I am grateful to the committee for their recognition of the efforts of those involved in the last year’s reporting, and join others around the world in congratulating Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, Ewen MacAskill and all of the others at the Guardian and Washington Post on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Today’s decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance.

This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. My efforts would have been meaningless without the dedication, passion, and skill of these newspapers, and they have my gratitude and respect for their extraordinary service to our society. Their work has given us a better future and a more accountable democracy.


Ex-NSA chief jokes Snowden should be put on kill list

Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, joked about putting Edward Snowden on a kill list during a Washington Post panel discussion on cybersecurity. In response to Snowden’s nomination for a European human rights award, Hayden commented: “I must admit, in my darker moments over the past several months, I’d also thought of nominating Mr Snowden, but it was for a different list.”

Also present was Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who responded: “I can help you with that.”

The exchange was met with laughter from the audience.

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