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We are Julian Assange, Sarah Harrison, Renata Avila and Andy Müller-Maguhn of the Courage Foundation which runs the official defense fund and websites for Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond and others.

We started with the Edward Snowden case where our founders extracted Edward Snowden from Hong Kong and found him asylum.

We promote courage that involves the liberation of knowledge. Our goal is to expand to thousands of cases using economies of scale.

We’re here to talk about the Courage Foundation, ready to answer anything, including on the recent spike in bitcoin donations to Edward Snowden’s defense fund since the Obama Administration’s latest Executive Order for sanctions against "hackers" and those who help them. https://edwardsnowden.com/2015/04/06/obama-executive-order-prompts-surge-in-bitcoin-donations-to-the-snowden-defence-fund/

Julian is a founding Trustee of the Courage Foundation (https://couragefound.org) and the publisher of WikiLeaks (https://wikileaks.org/).

Sarah Harrison, Acting Director of the Courage Foundation who led Edward Snowden out of Hong Kong and safe guarded him for four months in Moscow (http://www.vogue.com/11122973/sarah-harrison-edward-snowden-wikileaks-nsa/)

Renata Avila, Courage Advisory Board member, is an internet rights lawyer from Guatemala, who is also on the Creative Commons Board of Directors and a director of the Web Foundation's Web We Want.

Andy Müller-Maguhn, Courage Advisory Board member, is on board of the Wau Holland Foundation, previously the board of ICANN and is a co-founder of the CCC.

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Militaria658 karma

Hi, folks. What would you say to people like my parents, who believe that leakers and whistleblowers are dangerous traitors who are supporting "the enemy?"

Sarah_Harrison786 karma

This propaganda happens a lot. What is very important here is to explain that throughout the whole of the Manning trial the US government was desperate to prove that some "harm" had come. In fact if could prove none. What did happen, is that the US troops began to withdraw from Iraq. What has happened since Snowden's revelations is that citizens around the world began to protect their communications. And still not one reported "harm". In fact we still get bombs by known person's of suspect. It is a matter of US interests the government is protecting, not US security.

knitasha68 karma

What do you think the long term affects of Snowden's actions will be? What do you think the rest of his life will be like?

Sarah_Harrison126 karma

The long term effects of Snowden's actions remain to be seen. What I hope is that the public around the world will stand up for their rights and demand change, and their governments will listen to them. I think a lot rests with users understanding the threats and protecting themselves against them.

I think the rest of Edward's life will forever be complex, as it will for all that have stood up to the most powerful and speak the truth: Jeremy Hammond, Chelsea Manning, Barrett Brown, Julian Assange and many others. However, he has been granted asylum which offers immediate protection. I hope that in the future more countries stand up to protect him, and all those that have worked for the public's right to know.

raihan4264 karma

How has Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning's whistleblowing affected other potential whistleblowers? Do you get a sense that they are emboldened by their efforts, or more apprehensive after seeing the response to it?

Sarah_Harrison72 karma

Obama and the US government generally have tried to offer each truthteller as an deterrent. Manning was sentenced to 35 years, Hammond to 10 years, Brown to 5 years, WikiLeaks secret Grand Jury is ongoing in its 5th year. Yet, their deterrent method is clearly failing. Snowden came forward.

I was always very aware, and driven whilst we worked to get Snowden asylum to the fact that this could be another potential example, counter to that of the US government. Granted Snowden isnt as protected globally as he should be, but he is not in prison.

I look forward to when the next truthteller comes forward. Courage is building the safetynets for when they do.

edsnowdensdickpic37 karma

This question is for Sarah -- when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sarah_Harrison103 karma

Funnily enough, the first sentence of my first ever CV said "I want to find the untold truth and tell it to the world." Didn't quite predict this - but who could!

ben120436 karma

What legal protections would you recommend for intelligence whistleblowers?

Sarah_Harrison53 karma

This is a complex question. The reality of the situation is that alleged journalistic sources like Snowden and Manning will rarely, if ever, be fully protected regardless of domestic laws. At the very least all cases of whistleblowing, publishing and journalistic sources should have the ability to have a public interest defence. I think the real solutions in such cases will always rely on international measures though. However, these will always also still rely on the reality of international politics - few countries have the balls to stand up to the US.

CassandraRules18 karma

Is there really no legal recourse to fight the 10 year sentencing of Jeremy Hammond?

Sarah_Harrison31 karma

Very sadly (and unjustly) there is no legal recourse for his conviction. However, we are working to ensure his situation is monitored, preventing further retaliation and seeking accountability for the retaliation (including solitary confinement) that he's endured. You can read more about Jeremy's case at our site: (https://freejeremy.net/) -

Jeremy Hammond is a member of the hacktivist network Anonymous and a gifted computer programmer whose case has attracted the attention of activists, civil libertarians and those concerned about the rights of whistleblowers. He is currently spending a decade in prison for allegedly disclosing information about the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc. (Stratfor), revealing that they had been spying on human rights defenders at the behest of corporations and governments. WikiLeaks published these files in partnership with 29 media organisations worldwide as the Global Intelligence Files.

After being threatened with 40 years to life in prison for his brave actions and suffering numerous injustices at the hands of the legal system, Jeremy accepted a non-cooperating plea deal to one count of violating the arcane and draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Despite lodging nearly 265 letters of support calling for leniency, Jeremy was sentenced to the maximum allowed under his plea agreement and is currently serving his ten-year sentence at a medium-security federal prison in Manchester, Kentucky.

ricardcolorado3 karma

Dear All CourageFound members: I believe that Potus new EO puts crowdfunding of free press in real danger. What can readers like me do in order to help you??

Sarah_Harrison7 karma

What I like the most about the public reaction to the EO is that people defied its potential repercussions and donated regardless of the press reports. The implications of this are yet to be seen and we shall watch closely how the Treasury Department interpret and execute this order. However, I think one of the best things the public can do in all these scenarios is stay strong and show their will. No revolution was ever founded without some defiance!