Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for Snowden stories

Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden in Russia, October 11, 2013. Snowden issued a statement Monday congratulating the Washington Post and The Guardian on their awards. He said awarding the top prize in US journalism to his colleagues was “a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government.”

NEW YORK — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the US government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The Pulitzer for breaking news was awarded to The Boston Globe for its “exhaustive and empathetic” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed.

Two of the nation’s biggest and most distinguished newspapers, The Post and The New York Times, won two Pulitzers each, while the other awards were scattered among a variety of publications large and small…