Top 44 Katharine Gun Quotes

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I'm not a politician; I don't have a well-organised PR

I’m not a politician; I don’t have a well-organised PR machine to craft my every word.
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I wouldn’t describe myself as an activist.
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I know my own flaws only too well.
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What has to be understood is that most whistle-blowers are not natural activists – this one certainly wasn’t. We usually work in anonymous jobs, far from the spotlight. We are not campaigners, or journalists, or wannabe celebrities, craving a platform. Our conscience tells us we have to reveal what we know.
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Truth and accountability were drilled into me as a child.
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It seems to me that we are living in an increasingly unfree society.
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Most people don’t know what goes on in the intelligence services. Certainly I had very little idea what went on in GCHQ. For me it was a job, a chance to use my languages.
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I have only ever followed my conscience.
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I never aligned myself specifically with the anti-war movement.
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I mean, Ed Snowden was basically saying the same things that Bill Binney and Thomas Drake and other U.S. whistleblowers had said before him. But he came out more publicly, and maybe revealed more. He showed that when the U.S. government said, ‘We are not surveilling U.S. citizens,’ that was a lie.
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I think of journalists as being bullet-proof in a way.
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There was this saying in GCHQ that, if you didn’t leave after five years, you stay there for life. It was always my intention to leave before five years.
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I did not make my disclosure about the deceitful manipulation of the U.N. before the invasion of Iraq began in order to garner fame or fortune.
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Cheering crowds have never been my sort of thing.
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Working at GCHQ was a relatively easy, reliable job. As long as you always toe the ‘party line’, you are more or less guaranteed a job for life.
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Why did the British authorities wait eight months before charging me – and then drop the charges, claiming there was insufficient evidence for prosecution when I had confessed to the leak from the start?
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I grew up in Taiwan, which was a military dictatorship.
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We are living in an age where it’s difficult to know what the truth is and we have got politicians in charge who actually appear to not really care what the truth is.
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If a rogue nation were to attack the U.K. physically, I would be a patriot, yes; I would try to defend the U.K.
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The world is moving in a completely fascist, corporate direction. It worries me, it should worry us all.
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Obviously I’m not prone to leak secrets left, right and centre.
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If my own country is subverting the rule of law and sending its own citizens, its military, into harm’s way on the basis of lies and propaganda, I would argue that being a patriot is calling out those lies and saying, ‘No, you don’t send our military into harm’s way with no legal justification.’
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I was a housewife, I suppose, and luckily I have a very high boredom threshold.
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The Official Secrets Act 1989 may need reforming for the digital era, but I would argue that at its heart there should be protection for whistleblowers.
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All I can say is that you have to live with your conscience at the end of your life, and it’s the only thing that you have that belongs to yourself and nobody else.
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I work for the British people. I do not gather intelligence so the government can lie to the British people.
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I felt guilty – like, I leaked this memo, and now there’s going to be a witch hunt for the person who did it, and I’m not going to be able to deny it. That was when reality hit.
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First of all, I never set out to be a whistleblower. Secondly, I never expected that my story would be interesting to anybody. Third of all, you know, I was actually terrified of being named, of being identified.
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After the initial flurry of media interest, I was left to figure out how to move on with my life – and that proved hard. I was glad to get back to what I hoped would be normality, but the effect on me had been traumatising.
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We all need to be conscious of what news we take as gospel. And we need to maybe be a little bit sceptical about what we digest.
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You just have to get on with life, there’s no alternative. You could curl up in a ball on your bed, but that’s not going to achieve anything.
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I'm a fairly happy-go-lucky person, generally fairly op

I’m a fairly happy-go-lucky person, generally fairly optimistic, but there were points when I was down.
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Now everybody is questioning everything, so it’s up to journalists who really care about the truth to fight for their corner of the truth and journalistic freedom.
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The whole Big Brother vision of the world is looming large.
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When you have the initial GCHQ induction course for new arrivals, they tell you… not to trust journalists, to be careful to keep everything confidential.
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