GAP Clients Kiriakou (CIA/Torture), Binney & Wiebe (NSA Wrongdoing) to Receive Award Oct. 30*
*UPDATE: The award ceremony has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
(Washington, DC) – Today, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) applauds the recent announcement of the 2012 Joe A. Callaway Awards for Civic Courage winners by the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest. This year’s awards recognize CIA torture whistleblower John Kiriakou, and NSA whistleblowers William Binney and J. Kirk Wiebe. All three recipients are GAP clients: national security whistleblowers who stood up for constitutional rights and American values, at great risk to their personal and professional lives.
GAP National Security & Human Rights Director Jesselyn Radack said of the awardees: “The Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage is a tremendous honor, and hard won for whistleblowers Kiriakou, Binney and Wiebe considering all three were targets of a federal criminal investigation for telling the truth. They courageously spoke out against two of the biggest scandals of the George W. Bush administration: torture and warrantless domestic surveillance.”
Binney reacted to winning the award in stating “I am honored to receive this award and grateful to the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest. I view as my duty as a citizen to stand up and expose and oppose corrupt and criminal government activity.”
Wiebe stated: “I am at once humbled and honored to receive the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage. As you might imagine, the act of whistleblowing – telling the truth to uphold national precepts under the law – can be a lonely matter. Too many look the other way, fearing for their own positions or livelihoods. This award helps make it all worthwhile by reinforcing the notion that people still care – that the right thing should be done.”
Kiriakou, whose criminal case is still pending, said, “I am grateful for this award, which comes at a very difficult time for me and my family.”