Century Foundation senior fellow Barton Gellman shared journalism’s top prize today. The Pulitzer committee awarded its public service medal to The Washington Post and The Guardian for their respective coverage of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program. Gellman, who led the Post’s coverage, based much of his reporting on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor now living in exile in Russia.
“We couldn’t be prouder to support Bart’s groundbreaking work,” said TCF vice president for policy and programs Greg Anrig. “He exposed a secret surveillance infrastructure that extended far beyond what anyone had imagined. The Century Foundation will continue to be deeply engaged in the public debate, enriched by Bart’s work, about how to better balance legitimate security concerns with basic privacy rights.”
Gellman is the latest in a long line of Century scholars who have examined the intersection between civil liberties and national security. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, for example, TCF published a widely read collection of essays titled The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism in 2003. “More than 10 years ago, TCF warned against exactly the kinds of privacy intrusions that Bart’s reporting has now revealed. We are all the more determined to push for more effective public scrutiny of these programs.”