January 12, 2015
Jesselyn Radack and Thomas Drake are a force to be reckoned with. She is the legal adviser to former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden and the Director of National Security and Human Rights at the Government Accountability Project. He is a former Senior Executive of the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and a whistleblower. In 2006, Thomas leaked information about the NSA’s data-gathering Trailblazer Project and was prosecuted under the Espionage Act, but in 2010, but the case collapsed.
Both of them were in London to give the annual Sam Adams Award for Integrity and Intelligence to this year’s winner Private Chelsea Manning. Jesselyn had just been harassed by the UK Border Police and spoke about being questioned about her representation of Edward Snowden and Private Manning.
Thomas Drake’s incredible story inspired Edward Snowden to flee the country and release information with a very specific protocol. After seeing the way that Drake was treated by the government, Snowden knew that he would never be protected by any type of whistleblowing statute, if he remained on American soil.
The Radack and Drake appear on London Real in their quest to protect whistleblowers and thereby protect our basic human rights as individuals.
Music Composed by Craig Green
Also “Cut & Run” and “The Complex” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)