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Journalists Win Polk Award for Snowden Leak Reporting

In this June 10, 2013, file photo The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald speaks to reporters at his hotel in Hong Kong. Greenwald first reported former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosure of NSA's government surveillance programs. On Sunday's "Meet the Press", June 23, 2013, host David Gregory asked Greenwald why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for having "aided and abetted" Snowden. Greenwald replied that it was "pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies." Glenn Greenwald.

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."

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