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The Sam Adams Award is given annually to an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics. The Award is given by the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence,[1] a group of retired CIA officers. It is named after Samuel A. Adams, a CIA whistleblower during the Vietnam War, and takes the physical form of a "corner-brightener candlestick".[2]

Ray McGovern established the Sam Adams Associates "to reward intelligence officials who demonstrated a commitment to truth and integrity, no matter the consequences."[3]

The 2012, 2013 and 2014 Awards were presented at the Oxford Union.[3][4]

Edward Snowden receiving the Sam Adams Award in October 2013



  1. ^ "Sam Adams Award website". Sam Adams Associates.
  2. ^ a b Ray McGovern, Sam Adams Award Archived 16 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Carlo, Silkie. "Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden Criticize the "Decline" of US Democracy". Motherboard. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  4. ^ Ray McGovern, 14 January 2013, Post-Iraq-War US Intel Chief Praised
  5. ^ a b c Coleen Rowley, 19 October 2009, Huffington Post, Colonel Larry Wilkerson to Receive 2009 Sam Adams Truthtelling Award
  6. ^ Ray McGovern,, 10 October 2013, Snowden Accepts Whistleblower Award
  7. ^ Ray McGovern, 31 January 2013,, When Truth Tried to Stop War
  8. ^ a b Snowden honored by group of former intelligence officials | Oriental Review
  9. ^ Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine, 21 September 2007, Sam Adams Award to Sam Provance
  10. ^ "Frank Grevil får whistleblower-pris". DR. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2009.
  11. ^ the Oxford Union – Sam Adams Awards incl videolink with Julian Assange Archived 21 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Ray McGovern, 8 December 2010,, What's Behind the War on WikiLeaks
  13. ^ Ray McGovern, 16 November 2011, Whistleblowers Honored on Nov. 21
  14. ^ 'US unchained itself from constitution': Whistleblowers on RT after secret Snowden meeting — RT News
  15. ^ Former National Security Whistleblowers Meet in Moscow and Award Sam Adams Prize to Snowden – Government Accountability Project Archived 14 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Associated Press, Haaretz, 10 October 2013, Former U.S. officials give NSA whistleblower Snowden award in Russia
  17. ^ Nicks, Denver. "Snowden Congratulates Chelsea Manning". TIME. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Chelsea Manning awarded 2014 Sam Adams Prize for Integrity in Intelligence". Russia Today. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  19. ^ Ray McGovern, 1 September 2017, Seymour Hersh Honored for Integrity
  20. ^ "Karen Kwiatkowski Receives 17th Sam Adams Award 2018". The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. 8 December 2018.

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