The Sam Adams Award is given annually to an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics. The Award is given by the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, a group of retired CIA officers. It is named after Samuel A. Adams, a CIA whistleblower during the Vietnam War, and takes the physical form of a “corner-brightener candlestick”.
- 2002: Coleen Rowley
- 2003: Katharine Gun, former British intelligence (GCHQ) translator; leaked top-secret information showing illegal US activities during the push for war in Iraq
- 2004: Sibel Edmonds, former FBI translator; fired after accusing FBI officials of ignoring intelligence pointing to al-Qaeda attacks against the US
- 2005: Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan who blew the whistle on UK complicity in the Uzbek government’s use of torture and involvement in extraordinary rendition
- 2006: Samuel Provance, former US Army military intelligence sergeant; spoke out about abuses at the Abu Ghraib Prison
- 2007: Andrew Wilkie, retired Australian intelligence official; claimed intelligence was being exaggerated to justify Australian support for the US invasion of Iraq
- 2008: Frank Grevil, Danish whistleblower; leaked classified information showing no clear evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
- 2009: Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell and Iraq War critic.
- 2010: Julian Assange, editor-in-chief and founder of WikiLeaks
- 2011: Thomas Andrews Drake, former senior executive of the US NSA; Jesselyn Radack, former ethics adviser to the US Department of Justice
- 2012: Thomas Fingar, former chairman of the National Intelligence Council
- 2013: Edward Snowden, leaked NSA material showing mass surveillance by the agency, sparking heated debate
- 2014: Chelsea Manning, a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses
- 2015: William Binney, a former highly placed intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency turned whistleblower