Sarah Harrison, Courage’s acting director and longtime WikiLeaks journalist, has sat down for several interviews to discuss various news items happening this week: the premiere of Oliver Stone’s film ‘Snowden,’ Harrison’s return to the UK after years of effective exile, and WikiLeaks’ US releases.
After she assisted Edward Snowden escape from Hong Kong to Moscow, and stayed with him in Sheremetyevo Airport in Russia with hopes of reaching Latin America, Harrison was advised to stay out of the UK, where British terrorism laws threaten to criminalize journalistic work. She’s lived in Berlin for the last three years, but since David Miranda’s recent legal success challenging his 2013 detention in Heathrow, Harrison’s lawyers suggested she could attempt to return home.
In her first UK interview, Harrison discussed Snowden, WikiLeaks, and Courage.
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Obviously he’d like to be able to go back to the United States, he’d like to know that he could have a fair trial there, although it would be even better if he didn’t even have to go through a trial of course. It would be amazing to go to other European countries if they would give him asylum as well.
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On Courage: “Working with Snowden, we noticed that nobody was able to help in the immediate need of these politicised cases.”
“What will help Snowden’s situation and potential other whistleblowers as well, is getting more public awareness of the retaliation that’s used against people that do these sorts of things,” Harrison said.
Europeans were more open to the revelations, partly because it was a foreign country watching us. It is very different when it is a foreign government that watches you in your own home. Or in the case of England, where my government was in cahoots with another state to spy on everyone.