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 WikiLeaks,[1] the site later rebranded in June 2014.[2] The trust accepts donations by Bitcoin[3] and maintain a Tor hidden service.

Individuals supported are:

The trust advisers include Pentagon Papers military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, former NSA executive Thomas Drake, former MI5 British intelligence officer and whistleblower Annie Machon, storic member of the Chaos Computer Club Andy Müller-Maguhn, Guatemala human rights lawyer Renata Avila and Pussy Riot.[5]

The Courage trustees are Renata Avila, Susan Benn, John Pilger, and Dame Vivienne Westwood.[6] The Courage acting director is WikiLeaks' member Sarah Harrison.


  1. ^ I. Alpert, Lukas (15 August 2013). "Divisions Widen Among Snowden's Supporters". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Frediani, Carola (11 February 2014). "Snowden and the War On Whistleblowers: An Interview With Annie Machon". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Crypto-currency for NSA leaker: Snowden fund accepts Bitcoin". 12 Aug 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Raincoaster (3 March 2015). "Matt DeHart is Named Beneficiary of the Courage Foundation". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Addley, Esther (18 November 2014). "Pussy Riot members join whistleblower foundation backed by Julian Assange". Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  6. ^ https://couragefound.org/2016/11/courage-announces-new-board-of-trustees/

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