CIA Whistleblower “LULU” Wins 2020 Sam Adams Award

“Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors. She was acting lazy, guessing where the odors are, and just showing a general disregard for whatever she was being taught. We made the decision to drop her from the program.”

CIA — Press Release (October 18 2017)

“I cannot talk about the 2016 incident. It is classified. I risk incarceration. I have a family. If you are contemplating whistleblowing … you’re going to sit there and say, ‘If I go through that system, it will not end well for me. I’m going to lose my career and I’m going to be financially devastated.’”

Former CIA K9 officer LULU — Email to Intel Today (April 1st 2020)

“On March 30 [2016], the CIA was notified that the explosive training material was found when the [school] bus was undergoing routine maintenance. CIA coordinated closely with local authorities and recovered the training material. To prevent such incidents from happening again, CIA has taken immediate steps to strengthen inventory and control procedures in its K-9 program.  CIA will also conduct a thorough and independent review of CIA’s K-9 training program.”

CIA — Press Release (March 31 2016)

2020 Sam Adams Award Laureate LULU

April 1st 2020 — In October 2017, the CIA issued a Press Release to announce that one of their youngest officers, only known as LULU, had been fired from the Agency after a poor performance review. In truth, LULU was a dedicated case-officer who bravely denounced the criminal incompetence of the CIA K9 hierarchy. Today, the truth can finally be told. We are glad to report that LULU is the laureate of the prestigious 2020 Sam Adams Award. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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In October 2017, the CIA announced its decision to drop LULU (18-month-old at the time) from their bomb-sniffing program. The reason? According to the Agency spokesperson, Lulu was not taking her job seriously.

“We’re sad to announce that a few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors.”

“Sometimes a pup is bored and needs more playtime, sometimes they need a little break, or it’s a minor medical condition a like a food allergy.”

“But for some dogs, like Lulu, it becomes clear that the issue isn’t temporary. Instead, this just isn’t the job they are meant for.”

The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other Main Stream Media, immediately reported this important story.

Of course, The New York Times did not question the official narrative.

“Although a life of intrigue was not in Lulu’s professional future, she was still afforded the sort of professional courtesy that most two-legged members of society can only dream to receive from their human resources departments.

A ‘doggy psychologist’ was brought in to assess the situation. Extra breaks, treats and rest were provided.” [New York Times — Political section (October 19 2017)]

And the Washington Post was only happy to help with her character assassination gossips.

“Terrorists might be heading to American airports with explosives-packed suitcases right now. Violent extremists could be fashioning pipe bombs in their basements.

Thousands of U.S. security officials spend their days and nights preoccupied with detecting and preventing such threats. But you know who doesn’t care? Lulu the black Lab doesn’t care.”  [Washington Post (October 19 2017)]

The true story of LULU

CIA K-9 units regularly participate in training with K-9 units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

During the last week of October 2016, a CIA K-9 unit conducted a routine training exercise with law enforcement officials in Loudoun County, VA.

During the exercise, explosive training material was left by the CIA K-9 unit in one of the school buses used in the exercise. The bus transported students on March 28 and 29 2016.

LULU submitted a complaint to the CIA’s internal watchdog, the Inspector General’s Office.

The CIA reacted according to the book. First, the Agency minimized the importance of the findings.

“The CIA performed a full inventory this morning and accounted for all the explosive training material used in the K-9 training program.” [CIA Press Release (March 31 2016)]

And after making her life miserable for a few months, the CIA announced that it had fired LULU for poor performance review.

2020 Sam Adams Award

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.

This year, LULU will be honoured with the Sam Adams Award for Integrity presented to her at the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award ceremony on the evening of September 22 2020 at the American University, in Washington DC.

The list of previous honorees includes Coleen Rowley, Katharine Gun, U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray, Col. Larry Wilkerson, Julian Assange, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Fingar, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Bill Binney, John Kiriakou, and Jeffrey Sterling.



Statement from CIA on K-9 Training Incident in Loudoun County, VA (31 March 2016) — CIA Website

Bomb School Wasn’t for Lulu, but the C.I.A. Wishes Her the Best — NYT


CIA Whistleblower “LULU” Wins 2020 Sam Adams Award

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1 Response to CIA Whistleblower “LULU” Wins 2020 Sam Adams Award

  1. Edgarl Gillham says:

    my name is Edgar Gillham. I blew the whistle on data falsification on Electronic countermeasure systems environmental testing (see on line, “suppression of dissent”, by Brian martin,) that was 34 years ago. I haven’t been allowed employment since that time. Not only lifetime unemployment but I’m not even allowed to know what kind of accusations were levelled against me to accomplish that end. My efforts at FOA have been ignored and my attempts at seeking legal help in the matter have been refused


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