Awarded on 8 July 2013
Edward Snowden was awarded the Sam Adams Integrity Award on 8 July 2013. The Sam Adams Associates praised him for his decision to reveal the extent of mass surveillance by the NSA.
Thomas Drake, himself a former NSA senior executive and whistleblower, called Snowden’s actions “an amazingly brave act of civil disobedience”.
The Sam Adams Associates are a group of former intelligence officers turned whistleblowers and previous award-winners include Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.