Pardon Reality Winner
On June 3, 2017, NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act for providing a media organization with a single five-page top-secret document that analyzed information about alleged Russian online intrusions into U.S. election systems.
Winner, who has been jailed without bail since her arrest, has now been sentenced to five years in prison. This is by far the longest sentence ever given in federal court for leaking information to the media.
Several months before Winner’s arrest, the FBI’s then-Director James Comey told President Trump that he was (in the words of a subsequent Comey memo) “eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message.” Meanwhile, politically connected and high-level government officials continue to leak without consequence, or selectively declassify material to advance their own interests.
Join Courage to Resist and a dozen other organizations in calling on President Trump, who has acknowledged Winner’s treatment as “so unfair,” to pardon Reality Winner or to commute her sentence to time served.
Instructions for writing Reality Leigh Winner, as well as how to contribute to her prison commissary account.
If this new plea deal is approved, she will have a maximum prison sentence of 5 years as opposed to the 10 years she faced.
Courage to Resist & the Stand with Reality campaign have made a mutual decision that the campaign will be led by close family & friends going forward.
Please sign today: “We ask the Department of Justice to allow the defense access to all of the evidence and relevant documents necessary for a fair trial.”
Whistleblower Reality Winner’s family talk about what it’s like trying to support their loved one during her Orwellian incarceration.
Courage to Resist’s Jeff Paterson in discussion with Paul George of the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center.