Sarah Harrison (journalist)

Sarah Harrison is WikiLeaks section editor. She works with the WikiLeaks Legal Defense and has been described as Julian Assange's closest adviser.[3] Harrison accompanied National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on a high-profile flight from Hong Kong to Moscow while he was sought by the United States government.[4]

Sarah Harrison
Harrison at the 30th Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, 2013
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom[1]
Alma materQueen Mary, University of London,
City University London
GenreNews leaks
SubjectHuman rights violations, global surveillance and security[1]
PartnerJulian Assange
(dated 2009–2012)[2]


As an intern at the Centre, she was assigned to Julian Assange before the Afghan War documents leak.[5] After Daniel Domscheit-Berg left WikiLeaks over a dispute with Assange, Harrison's role in the organisation increased, particularly with the embassy cable publication and Assange's legal fight against Swedish extradition.[5] Harrison is a WikiLeaks section editor.[3] She works with the WikiLeaks Legal Defense led by Baltasar Garzón,[1] and is Julian Assange's closest adviser.[3]

Edward Snowden

On 24 June 2013, WikiLeaks said that Harrison accompanied National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on a high-profile[6] flight from Hong Kong to Moscow en route to political asylum from US extradition.[1][3][5][6] Dominic Rushe of The Guardian observed that Harrison was a "strange choice" because of her lack of legal qualifications compared to other WikiLeaks staff, such as human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson.[5] At the time, she had been with the organisation for over two years.[3] On 1 August 2013, Harrison accompanied Snowden out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport after he was granted a year of temporary asylum.[7]

Harrison is interviewed in Citizenfour, which documents Snowden and his flight to Moscow.

In 2014, Harrison spoke about her support for WikiLeaks' endeavours saying "the greatest unaccountable power of today [is] the United States and our Western democracies."[8]

Harrison also works as acting director for Courage Foundation, an organisation whose aim is providing support to whistleblowers all around the world, including Edward Snowden himself.[9]


Harrison received the Willy Brandt Peace Prize in 2015.[10]


  1. FlorCruz, Michelle (23 June 2013). "Edward Snowden Travels To Moscow Accompanied By WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  2. Faiola, Anthony; Adam, Karla (5 July 2013). "Sarah Harrison, the woman from WikiLeaks". World. The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  3. Kelley, Michael (24 June 2013). "Meet Sarah Harrison, The Wikileaks Representative Travelling With Edward Snowden". Business Insider. Allure Media. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  4. Corbijn, Sara Corbett, Anton. "How a Snowdenista Kept the NSA Leaker Hidden in a Moscow Airport". Vogue. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  5. Rushe, Dominic (23 June 2013). "Edward Snowden's WikiLeaks escort one of Assange's closest advisors". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  6. Shane, Scott (23 June 2013). "Offering Snowden Aid, WikiLeaks Gets Back in the Game". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013.
  7. "NSA spy leaks: Edward Snowden leaves Moscow airport". BBC News. 1 August 2013. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  8. Berthold Stevens (2 July 2014), Exposing the secrets of unaccountable power Deutsche Welle
  9. Courage team members participate in Reddit AMA
  10. "Sarah Harrison: SPD ehrt Snowden-Vertraute für "politischen Mut"". Spiegel Online. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
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