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NEW YORK — Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism.
Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post will receive the award for national security reporting for stories based on secret documents leaked by Snowden, a former intelligence analyst.
The Polk Awards were created in 1949 in honor of CBS reporter George W. Polk, who was killed while covering the Greek civil war. This year’s awards will be given out April 11. Kimberly Dozier of The Associated Press will read the citations at the ceremony.
The George Polk Award for Business Reporting will go to Alison Fitzgerald, Daniel Wagner, Lauren Kyger and John Dunbar of The Center for Public Integrity for “After the Meltdown,” a three-part series demonstrating that regulators have failed to hold a single major player on Wall Street accountable for the behavior that sparked the 2008 financial crisis.
Now why would they do that? Because they are gradually getting us used to being spied on. They want us to accept our lack of privacy. They also want us to know that they are in total control, and that any effort in resisting is pointless.
What TPTB cannot fight, they absorb. I'm pretty sure the NSA leaks were meant to co-opt investigative journalism. A nice, controlled, socially acceptable outlet for that steam, to soothe any potential outrage about surveillance technology. Additionally, it can used to legitimize stuff like this.