Earlier today, The Guardian US and The Washington Post won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Each newspaper earned this distinction for its “revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.” These stories are a direct result of NSA whistleblower and GAP client Edward Snowden’s disclosures.

GAP Executive Director Bea Edwards commented on the news:

The Prize Committee awards this Pulitzer to media outlets for their “distinguished example of public service,” and this recognition therefore represents undeniable validation of the significance of the Snowden disclosures. Americans are now aware of the dragnet electronic surveillance conducted by the NSA only because a whistleblower, Mr. Snowden, exposed it, and through the Washington Post and the Guardian US sparked a national debate. The Board of the Pulitzer Prizes should be commended for this selection.

Edwards is available for comment at [email protected] or 202.841.1391.