Julian Assange wins Sam Adams Award for Integrity 564

The award is judged by a group of retired senior US military and intelligence personnel, and past winners. This year the award to Julian Assange was unanimous.

Previous winners and ceremony locations:

Coleen Rowley of the FBI; in Washington, D.C.

Katharine Gun of British intelligence; in Copenhagen, Denmark

Sibel Edmonds of the FBI; in Washington, D.C.

Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan; in New York City

Sam Provance, former sergeant, U.S. Army, truth-teller about Abu Ghraib; in Washington, D.C.

Frank Grevil, major, Danish army intelligence, imprisoned for giving the Danish press documents showing that Denmark’s prime minister disregarded warnings that there was no authentic evidence of WMDs in Iraq; in Copenhagen, Denmark

Larry Wilkerson, colonel, U.S. Army (retired), former chief of staff to Secretary Colin Powell at the State Department, who has exposed what he called the “Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal”; in Washington, D.C.


Not sure yet where this year’s award ceremony will be held, but I’ll be there.

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564 thoughts on “Julian Assange wins Sam Adams Award for Integrity

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  • Roderick Russell

    Congratulations to Mr. Assange!! Open disclosure is an essential precondition for democracy since for a meaningful public debate to take place one has to be made aware of the facts. But it is not just democracy that benefits from the disclosures in wikileaks, but human rights and civil liberties as well. Again, well done Mr. Assange, and well done Craig Murray for so eloquently bringing your issues to the public eye.

  • Abe Rene

    Assange has put lives at risk by revealing classified documents containing details about informers. In my view he has been gravely irresponsible and deserves not an award but a stiff jail sentence.

  • somebody

    Assange for the Nobel Peace Prize too.

    You kept that award quiet Craig. Well done.

    How is the house refit going. Are you knackered? And will we get the ‘after’ photos having had the ‘before’ set?

  • Renee

    Abe Rene

    Lives are always at risk when the war mongers get their way. Not only are they at risk, they’re lost on a daily basis often in staggering numbers and attended by horrendous injuries for those who manage to survive.

    However, I’m sure a stiff jail sentence for Assange will ensure the war mongers can sleep safer in their beds.

  • dreoilin

    John Pilger on “Why Wikileaks must be Protected”:


    Abe Rene, here’s a paragraph:

    “On 31 July, the American celebrity reporter Christiane Amanpour interviewed Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the ABC network. She invited Gates to describe to her viewers his “anger” at WikiLeaks. She echoed the Pentagon line that “this leak has blood on its hands,” thereby cueing Gates to find WikiLeaks “guilty” of “moral culpability.” Such hypocrisy coming from a regime drenched in the blood of the people of Afghanistan and Iraq ?” as its own files make clear ?” is apparently not for journalistic enquiry.”

    The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

  • Clark

    Yes! What excellent news.


    thanks for reporting this, and good to see a post from you. What a list of fine people you share this award with. I hope your new home is coming along well.

    Abe Rene

    (if that really was you), Wikileaks did check the material before they released, and withheld a substantial proportion to prevent people being put at risk.

  • cid

    OK, so it’s great to have someone like Assange, Wikileaks, and of course Craig Murray. But so what..we know most of this shit anyway and when was the last time we did anything about what these people bring to our attention.

  • Sabretache

    I applaud the stated aims of Wikileaks and support them 100%. And Julian Assange is clearly a bright, techno-savvy young man – but a young man with a burning ambition.

    According to John Young of Cryptome (and the original front-man for Wikileaks who resigned over its astronomical fund-raising ambitions), the market for illicit, classified and otherwise confidential information is vast – and VERY lucrative indeed.

    Unfortunately, big-money potential, burning ambition, and the explosive emotionally-charged nature of Wilileaks recent leaks (and potentially of those it allegedly holds in reserve) is a combination that is manna from heaven for the Spooks.

    Have a look at:


    For a disturbing alternative view of the Wikileaks saga. It expands on the Webster Tarpley analysis refered to at 5:45 above.

    As for Abe Rene – yet another believer in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy – and an angry one too it seems. Oh dear.

  • Clark


    some of us do a little, some do more. Craig does a lot. But just knowing helps – we bear witness. That the Powers That Be know this influences their decisions.

  • Carol

    Well done to Julian Assange, keep it coming. The public should be able to make decisions on fact not fiction… I would love to say “the truth sets you free” and mean it… unfortunately for some of my friends round the world its landed them in prison for subversion…though perhaps their minds remain free…

  • Abe Rene

    Clark: yes, it is me. Sabretache: I ceased to believe in the tooth fairy a few decades ago. Bush and Rumsfeld’s screw-up over the bad planning as well as the questionable decisions to go to war (especially Iraq) in the first place is no reason for Assange to release a great deal of material most which he admits he has not thoroughly read, let alone vetted. Most imprtantly, disclosure is not his decision to make. The informers who risk their lives do so on the understanding that anything they say will be completely secure. So I would say to Assange as would Col. Nathan Jessup to Lt. Kaffee in “A few good men”, but with justice: “You put people in danger. Sweet dreams, son.”

  • Ishmael

    Like the wiki leaks thing was not endorsed by the Good ole Obama Administration and those monkeys at the CIA. Leak?? my butt. Just grooming the sheep

  • Sabretache

    Abe Rene

    Hmm – I wouldn’t have gone that far but, now you mention it, your take on the issue would make a good Nathan Jessop (amoral, Orwellian “our business is saving lives”, wouldn’t bat an eye about killing if his childish sense of honour dictated – so long as it remained secret or he thought he would get away with it, massive ego, blind as a bat to the real issues) to Assanges Kaffee.

    Nice one.

  • Paul

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Assanges ask for the leaks to be vetted by the US Military then throw a hissy fit?

    Don’t get me wrong I’m all for disclosure but be careful about making this guy a saint. This is from the wikileaks twitter

    “Pentagon wants to bankrupt us by refusing to assist review.Media won’t take responsibility.Amnesty won’t.What to do?” see “https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/20664647314” Wikileaks whilst laudable is all about the ego of it’s main man what with his never sleep in the same place twice crap. FFS have you read about the ‘1.4 gigabyte mystery file named “Insurance” on the WikiLeaks website’ ? Have a look at http://cryptome.org

    Guess it will all go the way of Google, remember “Do No Evil (unless the Chinese ask us to remove the references to a certain Square).

  • Johan van Rooyen

    Abe Rene

    “Assange has put lives at risk by revealing classified documents containing details about informers.”

    These informers, by collaborating with a foreign occupying armed force, are traitors to their own people. Is that really where your sympathy lies?

  • dreoilin

    “These informers, by collaborating with a foreign occupying armed force, are traitors to their own people. Is that really where your sympathy lies?”

    Informers are a very sensitive topic in Ireland, since we were bedevilled by them for centuries … I remember being taught that at the age of 8 or 9. However, Julian Assange says they contacted the Pentagon beforehand, and asked them to indicate where sensitive names might be, and they received no reply. So their whining now is two-faced.

  • dreoilin

    “John Young of Cryptome”

    Is he not a one-man amateur operation?

    “(and the original front-man for Wikileaks who resigned over its astronomical fund-raising ambitions)”

    Assange argues that their safety, secrecy and online anonymity cost money. He says they need new staff to handle all the material they have — which needs to be assessed and sometimes unencrypted. He claims they need people they can rely on, people who can be trusted, and they do a lot of background checks on potential employees. I imagine all that costs money.

    I think his collaboration with Iceland can only be a good thing.

    “The WikiLeaks advised proposal to build an international “new media haven” in Iceland, with the world’s strongest press and whistleblower protection laws, and a “Nobel” prize for for Freedom of Expression, has unaminously passed the Icelandic Parliament.”


  • Clark


    as I understood it, Google got to supply search facilities to China by brokering a deal: the Chinese government wanted certain search results not to be displayed. Google negotiated that such results would be acknowledged with a notice reading “This information is withheld by the Chinese government” or something similar. So they negotiated a compromise that was better than nothing; the Chinese government would not have accepted Google otherwise.

  • Ruth

    I found the recent activities of Wikileaks most odd.

    The US and UK governments being so corrupt must live in perpetual fear of leaks. So, how much better if they could publicise Wikileaks extensively and gather up the leaks and decide which to publish and which not to. Also they could quite easily find out the source.

    Read this excellent article and see what I mean:

    Hidden Intelligence Operation Behind the Wikileaks Release of “Secret” Documents?

    The real story of Wikileaks has clearly not yet been told.



  • Larry from St. Louis

    So when do you think Assange will publish documents that detail 911 being an inside job? Answer: never. They don’t exist, you silly gooses.

    I can’t imagine how annoyed Assange gets with 911 Truthy Truthers bothering him all the time.

  • Jon

    I can’t help but feel that a call to throw Assange in jail is specifically hawkish, pro-war. As has been said earlier in the thread, putting the truth-tellers in jail helps the amoral warmongers sleep soundly in their beds.

    It does rather seem that WL have taken care to filter the material, along with the journalists with whom they worked. But if that is not enough for the conservatives here, what would be? To have had the material released to WL and then for it to be destroyed, or never released? Isn’t that rather like telling Ellsberg he should not have released the Pentagon Papers – which were part of the building domestic pressure that ended the war against Vietnam?

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