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Greenwald Expected Pulitzer Committee To Recognize Snowden Reporting 'One Way Or Another'

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In an interview with CNN's Brian Selter that will air on Sunday morning, Greenwald said he tried not to think too much about the prestigious awards before they were announced earlier this week.

"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," Greenwald said in his first interview since he received the honor.

Greenwald, along with other journalists at The Guardian and The Washington Post, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting on the government's massive surveillance apparatus that was disclosed by Edward Snowden.

Snowden called the award a "vindication" and Greenwald told Stelter than winning the public service honor was "really gratifying."