Sarah Harrison, one of Julian Assange's young disciples, has been sent by Wikileaks to help guide NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to asylum and safety. Harrison serves under the former Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon on the Wikileaks Legal Defense team. She is currently traveling with Snowden trying to guide toward political sanctuary. She reportedly left the Moscow airport with Snowden on August 1, 2013 as he began his one year temporary asylum in Russia.
Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia for a year and has now left Moscow airport under the care of WikiLeaks' Sarah Harrison
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 1, 2013
Here's what you need to know about the woman at the center of this international intrigue:
1. She is Described as a Close Adviser to Julian Assange
2. Harrison is a Section Editor for Wikileaks.org
3. She is Currently Accompanying Edward Snowden
Above is a video taken at the Moscow airport of Harrison sitting beside Snowden as he speaks to international human rights groups.
Harrison has been dispatched to accompany NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as he searches for political asylum from the United States. The two were last seen in Russia where they were expected to board a flight to Havana, Cuba. The two missed their flight despite the fact that seats 17A and 17C were supposedly meant for them. See the photo of those seats below:
Standing next to Edward Snowden's seat on flight to Cuba. He ain't here. pic.twitter.com/NVRH3Pzved
— max seddon (@maxseddon) June 24, 2013
4. She Gave Up £3,500 for Assange
After Assange's arrest, his staff and supporters raised £93,500 for his bail. Under the conditions of the bail, Assange was not allowed to leave the country, a rule that he violated when he sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Because of this move, all of the bail money was claimed by the British government, leaving many of Assange's supporters without large amounts of cash. UK's The Sun, lists Sarah Harrison as one of those supporters who lost money, specifically citing her as having lost £3,500.
5. Assange Was a 'Pied Piper' for Friends and Female Interns
Harrison started out at Wikileaks as a journalistic intern from the Centre for Investigative Journalism. During Julian Assange's time under house-arrest in December of 2010, the Australian called him the "Pied Piper" because of his ability to make new friends. The article said he surrounded himself with young journalism students who worked, "12-15 hour days, seven days a week." The article seems to raise suspicion over his particularly close relationship with two female interns, Sarah Harrison and Isabelle Fraser.
6. Harrison Washed Assange's Socks?
7. Harrison is a Citizen of the UK
According to her profile on Wikileaks, Sarah Harrison is a UK citizen. She went to college at City College in London, and a Daily Mail article from December of 2010 described her as a "recent graduate."
8. She's an Investigative Journalist
Her Wikileaks profile lists her as being an investigative researcher for both The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Centre for Investigative Journalism. A search of the websites of these two organizations did not produce much. The Centre For Investigative Journalism listed Harrison among their former interns. Searching for her name on the Bureau of Investigative Journalism website produces nothing.
9. The Guardian Called her a "Strange Choice" For Snowden's Companion
Dominic Rushe, a writer for London-based publication The Guardian, said that Harrison may seem like a strange traveling companion for Snowden due to her lack of legal expertise:
Despite her closeness to Assange, Harrison may seem a strange choice to accompany Snowden, as unlike several people close to WikiLeaks – most notably human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson – Harrison has no legal qualifications or background.
10. Her Wikipedia and Wikileaks Bios Were Created or Updated While with Snowden
Before the smears arrive, please read and learn who Sarah Harrison is: http://t.co/Evc0sFbHjz Courageous journalist and legal researcher.
— Renata Avila (@avilarenata) June 23, 2013
Perhaps in anticipation of the notoriety and world attention Harrison would soon receive, her Wikileaks profile was updated to include more information the Sunday afternoon Wikileaks confirmed her association with Snowden. Likewise, her Wikipedia page was created just this morning by Wikipedia user "Commons sibi," whose profile reads:
Hi , This is Sibi . I believe in Knowledge commons.