William Binney Wins Sam Adams Award

    NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney Wins Prestigious Sam Adams Award

    The Government Accountability Project (GAP) has announced that retired NSA Technical Director and GAP client, William "Bill" Binney, will accept the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award in Berlin, Germany.

    The award is presented annually by the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) to a professional who has taken a strong stand for ethics and integrity. 

    Upon receiving the award, Mr. Binney stated:

    “I am honored to accept the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence 2015 Award.

    I resigned from the NSA shortly after 9/11 when the agency began violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of innocent people, an abandonment of core constitutional principles that was never necessary to protect the country.

    Recent political events have shown that mass surveillance is a total failure, as NSA is unable to find actionable intelligence in its gigantic haystack of data, much of it belonging to innocent persons.

    I am flattered to be recognised by such an esteemed group of patriots who have stood up for ethical intelligence work, and I greatly appreciate the risks they have taken at great personal expense.

    It is wonderful today to be in the company of intelligence professionals who are steadfastly committed to the rule of law.”

    Former recipients of award, given for exceptional ethics and integrity, include Edward Snowden and Tom Drake.

    William Binney was a keynote speaker at the CIJ's 2014 Summer School.