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Former NSA Crypto-Mathematician; Whistleblower

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 William Binney Biography

William Binney is a former intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency (NSA). He became a whistleblower after resigning from the NSA in 2001.

After completing his mathematics degree at Pennsylvania State University, Binney made the calculated decision to volunteer for the Army. Binney served in the Army Security Agency, working on analysis and code-breaking, from 1965 to 1969.

Binney joined the NSA in 1970 and rose through the NSA ranks quickly to the position of Technical Leader for Intelligence.

Binney and his colleagues had developed a system called ThinThread. The in-house system was proven to collect “actionable intelligence.” But instead of using ThinThread, the NSA signed a multi-billion dollar contract for a system called Trailblazer. Trailblazer was “the largest failure in NSA history” and was canceled in 2006.

After resigning in 2001, Binney and his colleague J. Kirk Wiebe blew the whistle on Trailblazer’s costly failings. Instead of going to the press, Binney and Wiebe used the proper channels to inform the US Congress and the Department of Defense about what happened.

After retiring from the NSA, he founded, together with fellow NSA whistleblower Wiebe, Entity Mapping, LLC, a private intelligence agency to market their analysis program to government agencies. Entity Mapping operated from 2001 to 2007.

Binney has since made many high-profile appearances in which he shares his NSA experiences. Binney testified in the German Government’s NSA inquiry, describing his former employer as wanting "total information control" over citizens.

Binney also featured in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour and was the subject of the 2015 documentary A Good American.

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William Binney

Former NSA Crypto-Mathematician; Whistleblower

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Severn, MD, USA
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Live Event: $5,000 - $10,000  
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William Binney Biography

William Binney is a former intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency (NSA). He became a whistleblower after resigning from the NSA in 2001.

After completing his mathematics degree at Pennsylvania State University, Binney made the calculated decision to volunteer for the Army. Binney served in the Army Security Agency, working on analysis and code-breaking, from 1965 to 1969.

Binney joined the NSA in 1970 and rose through the NSA ranks quickly to the position of Technical Leader for Intelligence.

Binney and his colleagues had developed a system called ThinThread. The in-house system was proven to collect “actionable intelligence.” But instead of using ThinThread, the NSA signed a multi-billion dollar contract for a system called Trailblazer. Trailblazer was “the largest failure in NSA history” and was canceled in 2006.

After resigning in 2001, Binney and his colleague J. Kirk Wiebe blew the whistle on Trailblazer’s costly failings. Instead of going to the press, Binney and Wiebe used the proper channels to inform the US Congress and the Department of Defense about what happened.

After retiring from the NSA, he founded, together with fellow NSA whistleblower Wiebe, Entity Mapping, LLC, a private intelligence agency to market their analysis program to government agencies. Entity Mapping operated from 2001 to 2007.

Binney has since made many high-profile appearances in which he shares his NSA experiences. Binney testified in the German Government’s NSA inquiry, describing his former employer as wanting "total information control" over citizens.

Binney also featured in the Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour and was the subject of the 2015 documentary A Good American.

William Binney Videos

  • NSA Whistleblower Tells How NSA Tracks You! w/Bill Binney ...
  • HOPE Number Nine (2012): Friday Keynote - William Binney ...
  • Whistleblower William Binney on NSA Spying

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  • How to book William Binney?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Binney for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for William Binney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William Binney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Binney?

    Booking fees for William Binney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Binney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Binney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Binney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Binney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Binney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Binney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

William Binney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book William Binney for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. William Binney generally travels from Severn, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ben Wizner, Peter Aiken, Dr. Eric Cole, Michael Herrick and Charlie Miller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling William Binney for an upcoming live or virtual event.

William Binney Speaker Videos

  • NSA Whistleblower Tells How NSA Tracks You! w/Bill Binney ...
    HOPE Number Nine (2012): Friday Keynote - William Binney ...
  • Whistleblower William Binney on NSA Spying
    An Inside Look at the NSA With Whistleblower William Binney (Part ...
  • Edward Snowden, v 1.0: NSA Whistleblower William Binney Tells All ...
    The Program - William Binney Interview - YouTube

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