Sarah Harrison

Sarah Harrison works with The Courage Foundation, an international organisation that protects whistleblowers and truth tellers; raising money for their legal defence and running their public defence campaigns, as well as campaigning for whistleblower protections and the public’s right to know generally. Sarah is also a former journalist at WikiLeaks, the Internet-based publishing organisation which makes headlines around the world by releasing suppressed information about corporate, government and military corruption and misconduct.

Sarah gained international recognition when she took a flight with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and remained with him for four months in Russia whilst working as part of the WikiLeaks team that rescued him from U.S. persecution and advised on his asylum application to Russia.

Formerly with the Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Sarah joined WikiLeaks in 2010, before the publication of the Afghan War Diary. In 2015, Germany’s major centre-left political party SPD awarded her with the International Willy Brandt Prize for ‘special political courage’, stating that Sarah “exemplifies the pursuit of transparency and its use against escalating surveillance, Sarah had with her commitment to WikiLeaks and especially in the company of Edward Snowden she showed great political courage.”

She is an expert in media affairs, from source protection to politically controversial publishing. Having worked with some of the world’s most prominent dissidents and information activists, she is particularly knowledgeable in issues surrounding whistleblowing, freedom of information, surveillance and asylum.