Greenwald Reacts to Pulitzer Win: They ‘Had to Recognize’ Snowden Reporting in Some Way

On this Sunday morning’s Reliable Sources, CNN’s Brian Stelter will conduct the first interview with Glenn Greenwald since his reporting based on NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks, along with that of The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In a preview from the upcoming segment, Greenwald said he know the Pulitzer committee “had to recognize” the Snowden-based work in some way, and he’s pleased with how they chose to do it.

Greenwald told Stelter he was trying to “pay too much attention” to the Pulitzer announcement Monday, though he did make sure to keep his phone on the table during lunch just in case. “I think there was an expectation that the committee had to recognize the reporting in one way or another and the question was going to be how,” he said of the work he and Laura Poitras did for The Guardian as well as what Barton Gellman did at the Post.

He added that to learn it received the Public Service award was “really gratifying because I think that is what the ideal was that we always tried to fulfill, which was doing the reporting in the public service.”

RELATED: Rep. Peter King Calls Pulitzer for Snowden Revelations a ‘Disgrace’

More of Stelter’s interview with Greenwald, who has since left The Guardian to join the Pierre Omidyar-funded First Look Media, will air tomorrow on Reliable Sources.

Watch video below, via CNN:

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