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Edward Snowden gave his first televised interview Wednesday night, speaking with NBC journalist Brian Williams in a remarkably candid hour-long sit down.

Despite the Obama administration's claim that Snowden was simply a low-level analyst, the embattled 30-year-old former government employee insisted that he's a "trained spy" who exposed NSA surveillance programs out of a sense of patriotic duty.

Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country," said Snowden. "I think it's important to remember people don't set their lives on fire, they don't walk away from extraordinarily comfortable lives for no reason."

While Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, he remains an intensely controversial figure, branded by many within the Obama administration as a treasonous traitor.

"If I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home," said Snowden, who's currently living in Russia to avoid prosecution.

Snowden claimed that he's "still serving" the US and insisted that all three branches of the American government have "enacted reforms" based on the revelations of his whistleblowing campaign.

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The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday. 

The Washington Post and The Guardian each won a Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category, taking home one of the most prestgious and coveted journalism awards for their coverage of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing on the widespread secret surveillance of the global population.

Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency contractor, revealed that the NSA had been spying on the world in early 2013 and fled the country, seeking asylum in Europe.

The Washington Post's coverage of the event helped the public understand the "larger framework of national security" while The Guardian sparked debate between the US government and the public over issues of privacy and security.

The Boston Globe staff also took home a Pulitzer in the Breaking News category for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and ensuing manhunt. 

The Pulitzer Prize was named for Joseph Pulitzer who founded the Columbia Journalism School. The awards are decided upon by a 19-member panel of editors, executives, and academics. A complete list of the winners follows.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter, or Duane Chapman, is reportedly going after Edward Snowden ... even if that means illegally trying to capture him in Russia.

“Sometimes you gotta bend the rules to save America," Dog is quoted as saying.

"And if I can catch this traitor Snowden and bring him back to God’s side, then it will be well worth the risk of a lifetime of hard labor in a Siberian gulag.”

Sure thing.

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Dog is apparently not alone in his dogged pursuit.

Reports say several bounty hunters are willing to risk their freedom to capture and return the "fugitive" NSA whistleblower, who sought asylum in Russia.

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A Swedish sociology professor has nominated NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, according to reports.

In his letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Stefan Svallfors praised Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost.”

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He stated that by revealing U.S. surveillance programs, Snowden showed “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.”

Citing the Nuremberg trials of 1945, Svallfors notes that "'I was just following orders’ is never an excuse for acts contrary to human rights and freedoms."

He also says Snowden “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty, ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama.

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Venezuela is the "most likely" asylum choice for former U.S. intelligence contractor and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to reports.

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who enabled him to expose the USA's secret spying program, said Venezuela is the one of three nations offering to take Snowden.

They are the most likely to guarantee his safety, he said.

Nicaragua and Bolivia would take Snowden, but Venezuela is better poised "to get him safely from Moscow to Latin America and to protect him once he's there."

"They're a bigger country, a stronger country and a richer country with more leverage in international affairs," said Greenwald of Snowden's future home.

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Anna Chapman wants Edward Snowden, even if the rest of the world does not.

As in she wants him to marry her. The ex-spy tweeted yesterday:

“Snowden, will you marry me?!”

  • Anna Chapman, Spy
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Chapman, the former Russian spy turned model, was posing as a real-estate agent in the U.S. in 2010 when she was accused of gathering intel for Russia.

She and nine others were deported back to Russia in a prisoner swap.

Now 31, Anna Chapman has become a celebrity in her homeland, posing for magazines and serving as host of the TV show, Secrets of the World.

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Former President George W. Bush defended PRISM, the Internet spying program he helped enact, while taking whistleblower Edward Snowden to task.

"I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties was that civil liberties were guaranteed," Bush told CNN in an interview airing Monday.

"I think there needs to be a balance, and as the president explained, there is."

PRISM began under the Bush administration but stayed secret until The Washington Post and The Guardian (UK) revealed its existence last month.

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While Edward Snowden sits in a Moscow airport, he's already the subject of a short film from a group of Hong Kong filmmakers.

Some might say they are jumping the gun a bit, buzzing in before the question has been finished, leaping without looking... but we can all agree they are the first in the Edward Snowden movie race.

Granted their movie is not very long, nor very good, but that's what happens when you make a movie out of ongoing news events. It was also filmed in just one week.

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Edward Snowden, the man who leaked details of U.S. government surveillance programs, is on the run in Moscow and seeking asylum in Ecuador.

A onetime contract analyst for the National Security Agency (NSA), Snowden had been in Hong Kong, but left after the U.S. sought his extradition.

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He landed in Moscow, where a CNN crew spotted a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag at the Russian capital's international airport.

WikiLeaks, which facilitates the publication of classified information, is reportedly aiding the NSA whistleblower's efforts to seek asylum on foreign soil.

The group did not disclose what country would be Snowden's final destination.

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