Instead of supporting the Pulitzer Prize Committee’s decision to give its coveted Public Service award to the Washington Post for publishing Edward Snowden’s revelations over NSA’s spying on innocent Americans, the Left (i.e., those supporting the surveillance state) has instead rather come unglued over the matter.
Rep. Peter King, the noisy center-left RINO from New York, was first out of the box:
I think [giving the Pulitzer Prize to the Washington Post] is disgraceful. To be rewarding the dissemination of classified information that [jeopardizes] national security and enabling a traitor like Snowden is indefensible….
The information that he released has been extremely damaging. It enabled our enemies to know what we are capable of doing….
King was followed by James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence who insulted everyone’s intelligence by lying before a Congressional committee last year:
Snowden claims that he’s won and that his mission is accomplished. If that is so, I call on him and his accomplices to … return … the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed, to prevent even more damage to U.S. security.
John Yoo, infamous author of his “torture memos” justifying waterboarding and his overriding of the Fourth Amendment by supporting the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance of Americans, weighed in with this:
I’m not surprised the Pulitzer committee gave the Washington Post a prize for pursuing a sensationalist story, even when the story is a disaster for its own country.
I don’t think we need automatically to read the prize as a vindication for Snowden’s crimes. Awarding a prize to a newspaper that covered a hurricane does not somehow vindicate the hurricane, [and] awarding a Pulitzer for a photo of a murder does not somehow vindicate the crime.
A couple of Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, chairman Mike Rogers and member Devin Nunes, called Snowden’s disclosures “real acts of betrayal,” calling him a “traitor” and adding that “What Snowden did cost us lives and billions of dollars.”
Much of this was expected, and Washington Post’s Executive Director Martin Baron said as much in celebrating the award to his paper: