Pardon Reality Winner

September 12, 2018

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.

2 Comments

  1. Edward C. Stengel

    Thanks for keeping up on Reality. I just wanted to say I read some tweets on “Stand With Reality”, and someone said since her sentencing that she had not been getting mail for 3 weeks. I don’t see why she shouldn’t get her mail since she’s still listed in the “inmate Locator” at the Lincoln county jail in Georgia.

    Address: Reality Winner

    P.O. Box 970

    Lincolnton, Georgia 30817

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  2. Edward C. Stengel

    Reality was transferred out of the Lincoln county jail in Georgia today. She’s somewhere being processed into a federal prison, but it hasn’t been stated with one yet. Hopefully it will be the one in Carswell, Texas, where she wanted to go.

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