Courage Foundation

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The Courage Foundation is a trust for fundraising the legal defence of individuals such as whistleblowers and journalists.

Founded on August 9, 2013, as the Journalistic Source Protection Defence Fund by Gavin MacFadyen, Barbora Bukovska and Julian Assange[1][2] it later rebranded in June 2014.[3]

People and projects supported are:

The trust advisers include Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, former NSA executive Thomas Drake, former MI5 British intelligence officer and whistleblower Annie Machon, Vice President of the Wau Holland Foundation Andy Müller-Maguhn, Guatemala human rights lawyer Renata Ávila, and Pussy Riot.[5]

The Courage trustees are Renata Ávila, Susan Benn, John Pilger, and Dame Vivienne Westwood.[2]

WikiLeaks section editor Sarah Harrison served as acting director from 2014[6] until April 2017, when WikiLeaks became a Courage beneficiary and Naomi Colvin began serving as director.[7] In 2018, Barrett Brown was removed from the Courage Foundation's beneficiary list over his criticism of Julian Assange. Courage Foundation Director Naomi Colvin quit in protest.[8][9]


  1. ^ "FAQs | Courage Foundation". Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Courage announces new board of trustees - Courage Foundation".
  3. ^ Frediani, Carola (February 11, 2014). "Snowden and the War On Whistleblowers: An Interview With Annie Machon". Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Raincoaster (March 3, 2015). "Matt DeHart is Named Beneficiary of the Courage Foundation". Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Addley, Esther (November 18, 2014). "Pussy Riot members join whistleblower foundation backed by Julian Assange". Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Launch of Courage and Snowden Campaign in Berlin, Wednesday 11th June". Courage Foundation. June 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  7. ^ "Courage announces new director Naomi Colvin". Courage Foundation. April 4, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Corfield, Gareth. "Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand". Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  9. ^ Colvin, Naomi (August 13, 2018). "Rather unfortunately, I have been obliged to resign from Courage. An explanation:". Medium. Retrieved March 20, 2022.

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