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Snowden: Pulitzer Prize is a ‘vindication’

NEW YORK — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says giving the Pulitzer Prize in public service to those who reported on the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts is “vindication.”

Snowden issued a statement Monday through the Freedom of the Press Foundation congratulating The Washington Post and The Guardian on their awards for stories based on documents he provided. He became a board member of the nonprofit organization earlier this year.

Snowden says awarding the top prize in U.S. journalism to his colleagues is “a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government.”

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts in a blockbuster series of stories.

The NSA stories were written by Barton Gellman at The Washington Post and Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill, whose work was published by The Guardian US, the British newspaper’s American operation, based in New York.

Snowden said the reporters faced “extraordinary intimidation” and other pressure to get them to stop reporting.

“Their work has given us a better future and a more accountable democracy,” Snowden said.

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