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Pulitzer Prize Board revives debate over Edward Snowden

No matter what it did, the Pulitzer Prize Board was going to get skewered.

In the end, the board honored The GUARDIAN U.S. and The WASHINGTON POST with its Public Service award for reporting on the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance, only made possible by Edward Snowden's massive leak of classified materials.

Whether one believes this is a great positive milestone for U.S./Anglo journalism - or the precise opposite of "public service" - has a lot to do with how you feel about Edward Snowden and his leaks.

Please read Dylan Byers' piece from POLITICO -- which gives you the arguments on ALL sides -- and then feel free to comment.

(As with so many other issues lately, you can find people on both the Right and the Left who celebrate Snowden -- or condemn him and the newspapers that "enabled" him. For example, upstate, WDEL talk show hosts Rick Jensen and Al Mascitti substantially agree that Snowden performed a public service.)


Posted at 7:06am on April 15, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:57pm
In my lifetime, no one has deserved this prize more than Snowden.

Those who put him down remind me so much of the street thugs off VanBuren Street who say... you're not going to tell now? you better not tell."

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 4:05pm
As one who looks for trends, I sense the right and left have diminished in importance... The distinction emerging in their place is between the 1% and 99%... Most of the middle, have chosen to blindly suck up to the one percent. That is the current holy grail and they will worship it. Carney, Carper, and Coons all come to mind. Since the 1% are themselves divided on guns, gays, and religion, those topics will remain distractions that will continue unabated.

The Rand Paul's (like his father), and Elizabeth Warren's both see the danger in the 1%... I think both, in their wisdom, understand that to revive the middle-class, some type of reversal of the 1%'s fortunes must first take place. However fortunately for big business, and a tragedy for the rest of us, the fact that they will ever come together on social issues is remote...

But still, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin worked together when it was necessary to do so..... Anything is possible.

Tue, Apr 15, 2014 8:11pm
I think Snowden should be arrested and tried under one condition: You must also arrest and try Obama, Holder, Sebelius, Lerner, Hillary, Pelosi, Reid, and all their foot soldiers. If you don't have the courage to arrest ALL these people, then you should arrest NONE of them.

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 9:20am
Is it possible to be both a hero and a traitor?
Snowden's N.S.A. spying revelations make him a hero to many (including myself) but a lot of important national defense information may have inadvertently been made available to countries (who are not exactly our friends) during his travels from Hawaii to China to Russia.

Wed, Apr 16, 2014 8:43pm
Earl: The Obama administration compromises our national defense on a daily basis. They can't keep any secrets about what our military is doing or where they're doing it, giving terrorists and rogue nations the heads up. That's why I say if you're gonna go after him, you gotta go after them (Democrats) too.

Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:29am
Earl, if someone explains to us how the mafia mob bosses running shell companies are ripping us off, and reports it, those thieving shell companies are going to be upset, possibly call him a corporate traitor, press charges for his arrest ... The same argument you make for the NSA applies to mob bosses running shell companies... Just as the NSA complains of damage to themselves, the Insurance ripoffs will do the same...

You miss the moral equation. Should criminals be given the same legal rights as those who follow the law? Do we allow prison detainees to go to the mall and shop? Of course not. Those in the shell companies pocketing your money which should have gone towards some service, are criminals. Likewise the NSA, violating the 4th Amendment, would then have to be criminal as well. They are breaking not only a statute, but the very underlying basis for most statues we have today: our Constitution.

Short answer to your question over whether Snowden could be a traitor and a hero, is yes, but the group to which he is considered a traitor, simply doesn't count. They are immoral. Therefore he is a hero by default.

Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:32am
Pizza says: "The Obama administration compromises our national defense on a daily basis. They can't keep any secrets about what our military is doing or where they're doing it, giving terrorists and rogue nations the heads up."

Examples? I'm struggling but can't think of one.

How about capturing Bin Laden as a rebuttal...

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