The Washington Post and the American edition of the Guardian received the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for their treatment of the electronic surveillance programs set up by the United States, revealed thanks to Edward Snowden. But if the journalistic work is rewarded, the one who is at the origin of this whole affair is the subject of very strong judicial pressure.
It is an exceptional distinction which rewards a long work of investigation. This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize – one of the most prestigious distinctions in journalism – was given to the newspapers The Washington Post and The Guardian US for their excellent treatment of the information collected by Edward Snowden on the electronic surveillance programs set up place by the USA.
The Pulitzer Prize
On the page dedicated to the 2014 winnersthe jury notes that the articles of the two dailies “helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the broader national security framework“and favored”a debate on the relationship between the government and the public on security and privacy issues“.
Through the Washington Post and the American edition of the Guardian, it is the journalists Barton Gellman and Glenn Greenwald (ex-Guardian, who now works on The Intercept) who are celebrated. The first, who had stopped his career in journalism, has indeed returned to work specifically on the Snowden affair, while the second was one of the whistleblower’s first contacts in the press.
The first revelations about the NSA programs appeared on June 6. Thereafter, new disclosures arrived every week or so, on the activities of the American national security agency but also on those of other intelligence services, in particular British, French and German. And the primary source of information is still far from being dried up.
As for Edward Snowden…
If Edward Snowden’s journalistic contacts are rewarded for exposing the secrets of the NSA to the media, allowing at the same time to initiate a debate on the balance between the security of nations and the freedom of individuals, as well as of the necessity, effectiveness and morality of such practices, the one behind this case remains in trouble for exposing state secrets.
The affair of the mass surveillance set up by the NSA, in addition to the necessary discussion it has generated in the USA and in the world, has had political effects and raised the question of the protection of whistleblowers, in insofar as their action is both disinterested and geared towards the general interest. This subject is particularly found in Europe, where a more protective framework could emerge.
A refugee in Russia since last summer, after numerous requests for political asylum in Europe, Asia and South America, Edward Snowden is being prosecuted in the United States for espionage, theft and illegal use of government property. Remember that the asylum granted by Russia to Edward Snowden is temporary: it must end on July 31, 2014.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning NSA revelations