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Sarah Harrison, the woman who helped Edward Snowden hide in Moscow's airport for 39 days

Sarah Harrison Edward Snowden Citizenfour

If some of you have seen Citizenfour, the movie showing how Snowden transmitted his information to journalists, this is what happened next.

I'm trying to tl;dr the article linked below.

Sarah is a 32-year-old British woman working for WikiLeaks.

Assange, Wikileaks founder, who had been in touch with Snowden, called her in June 2013. As she was in Melbourne, relatively close to Hong Kong, she was dispatched immediately and secretly to canvass foreign embassies to see which countries might be amenable to granting Snowden asylum.

WikiLeaks booked more than a dozen different flights for Harrison and Snowden, hoping to throw off any pursuers. She passed her parents’ phone number on to one of their lawyers, asking that they be contacted if something went wrong.

Harrison didn’t meet Snowden until they climbed into a car together to head to the airport. They boarded the Moscow-bound Aeroflot plane, and it wasn’t until the plane was airborne that Snowden turned to her and spoke what was almost his first complete sentence: “I didn’t expect that WikiLeaks was going to send a ninja to get me out.”

They disembarked in Moscow and went to check in for their next flight, which is when they learned of his canceled passport.She won’t provide specific details about where they stayed during the days that ensued, saying only that they shared a single, windowless room, did their laundry in the sink, watched movies on their laptops, and quickly grew tired of airport food.

“If anything untoward happened to him, I was there as a witness,” Harrison says, adding that WikiLeaks, with its ability to reach a vast global audience, served as a form of protection. “We would have made sure that the world knew.”

What pains her most are the accusations that he betrayed his country. Both she and Snowden have said that he was approached by Russian intelligence agents during their time at Sheremetyevo, but that he turned them away. “The last thing in the world he is,” Harrison says, “is a traitor and a spy.” She jokingly describes how Snowden quoted the U.S. Constitution so often in their conversations about the NSA’s overreaching programs that it ultimately grew annoying. “It got to the point where I was like, ‘All right, all right, the Constitution!’ ” More seriously she adds, “He’s the strongest patriot of any American I’ve ever met.”

Snowden about her: “In the face of very real risks, Sarah refuses to allow intimidation to shape her decisions,” he writes. “If you forced her to choose between disowning her principles or being burned at the stake, I think she’d hand you a match.”

For 39 days, the two managed to camp out in the airport transit zone, foiling the media hordes trying to find them.

On August 1, 2013, Snowden exited Sheremetyevo with Harrison, having been granted a yearlong asylum by Russia (later extended to three years).

For the next three months, Harrison stayed on in Moscow with Snowden. Late 2013, she moved to Berlin, resuming her work for WikiLeaks. Her lawyers had advised her against returning to the U.K., where she could be detained under the country’s sweeping antiterrorism laws.

She’s also one of the founders and the director of a newly formed whistle-blower-protection organization called the Courage Foundation.


Very nice article, I swear it's much longer than my tl;dr.Yeah I have no idea why it's on Vogue either.

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She seems extraordinary, to risk her life so the world can know freedom. 

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