Thomas Drake is a former senior executive at the National Security Agency where he blew the whistle on the government’s post–9/11 secret mass surveillance programs, alleging they had led to fraud, waste and the widespread violations of citizens’ rights. In 2010 the Obama Administration indicted Drake, making him the first whistleblower since Daniel Ellsberg to be charged with espionage and branding him an enemy of the state. Drake went free in a plea deal after the government’s case against him collapsed in 2011. He is the recipient of the 2011 Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize, and a joint recipient with Jesselyn Radack of the 2011 Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award and the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award. He is now dedicated to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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