Journalists Win Polk Award for Snowden Leak Reporting

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Glenn Greenwald. Photo: Vincent Yu/AP/Corbis

Most people don't know the winners of the George Polk Awards in Journalism for 2013 by name, but they probably do know their work, including Frontline's "League of Denial," the New York Times' "Invisible Child" series, and the Record of Northern New Jersey's reporting on the GWB lane closures before it was dubbed Bridgegate. The four winners of the national security reporting award are the exception. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian, and Barton Gellman of the Washington Post are being honored for articles they wrote based on the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The reporters have become part of the story, with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper demanding last month that Snowden's "accomplices" return the "remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more damage to U.S. security." "Accomplice or award-winning journalist" is the new "traitor or patriot."