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Greenwald, Poitras, Gellman, MacAskill: key figures in NSA coverage

The Guardian and the Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism on Monday for their in-depth reporting on Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency and its vast global surveillance network. The citations to the two newspapers do not mention specific journalists, but four people are seen as key to the award-winning efforts: Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill for the Guardian, the Washington Post's Barton Gellman, and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. The following are penpix of the four journalists:

Court wont' take early challenge to NSA phone surveillance, cases must go through lower courts

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records, instead allowing the dispute to work its way through the usual lower-court process. The decision means the high court will not take the unusual step of short-circuiting appeals courts as they consider contrary opinions over the legitimacy of the agency's vast surveillance program.

Supreme Court declines early look at case challenging government phone surveillance

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. Conservative lawyer Larry Klayman persuaded a federal judge in December to rule that the agency's activities likely violate the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches. The justices on Monday rejected Klayman's unusual request to bypass the traditional appeals process and hear the case immediately.

Obama proposes to end NSA bulk data collection

US President Barack Obama is proposing to end the National Security Agency's controversial bulk telephone data collection, exposed by fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. A senior administration official said Tuesday that Obama had considered the results of a study he ordered in January into how the NSA could protect national interests without storing citizens' private data. The plan would store the data outside of government while allowing access for national security reasons, the official said.

China tech giant Huawei condemns 'NSA spying'

Chinese telecoms and Internet giant Huawei condemned the US National Security Agency on Monday after reports revealed the organisation had been secretly tapping the company's networks for years. The New York Times and Germany's Der Spiegel said on Saturday that the NSA had accessed Huawei's email archive, communications between top company officials, and even the secret source code of some of its products. The reports were based on documents provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Former US president Carter uses snail mail to evade NSA

Former US president Jimmy Carter has admitted he uses snail mail to evade monitoring by the National Security Agency and that he feels such surveillance methods have been abused. "When I want to communicate with a foreign leader privately, I type or write a letter myself, put it in the post office, and mail it," Carter said with a laugh, as he was questioned on the matter on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. "I have felt that my own communications are probably monitored," he said on the Sunday show.

US NSA spies on China telcoms giant Huawei

The US National Security Agency has secretly tapped into the networks of Chinese telecom and internet giant Huawei, the New York Times and Der Spiegel reported on their websites Saturday. The NSA accessed Huawei's email archive, communication between top company officials internal documents, and even the secret source code of individual Huawei products, read the reports, based on documents provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Google enhances encryption technology for email service, making it harder for NSA to intercept

WASHINGTON - Google says it's improved the encryption technology for its flagship email service. The change will make it harder for the National Security Agency to intercept messages moving among the company's worldwide data centres. Among the most extraordinary disclosures in documents leaked by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden were reports that the NSA had secretly tapped into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centres around the world.

NSA: Snowden does disservice to whistleblowers

The deputy head of the NSA spying agency accused fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Thursday of displaying "amazing arrogance" in revealing US eavesdropping techniques. NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett argued that Snowden, hailed as a hero by many for exposing the vast scope of the National Security Agency's online snooping, had done a disservice to whistleblowers.

NSA: Snowden does disservice to whistle-blowers

NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett on Thursday spoke out against former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, saying he does a disservice to whistle blowers. Ledgett took aim at Snowden in a hastily arranged video-link to a prestigious TED conference where Snowden had appeared in similar fashion two days earlier. "We didn't realize that he was going to show up, so kudos to you guys for arranging a nice surprise like that," Ledgett said, kicking off a video chat with TED curator Chris Anderson.
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