Whistleblower Reality Winner Accepts Responsibility for Helping Expose Attacks on Election Systems
After more than a year jailed without bail, NSA whistleblower Reality Winner has changed her plea to guilty. In a hearing this past Tuesday, June 26th, she stated – “all of these actions I did willfully.” If this new plea deal is approved by the judge, she will have a maximum prison sentence of five years as opposed to the ten years she faced under the Espionage Act.
Speaking to the family’s relief due to this plea deal, Reality’s mother Billie shared that “At least she knows it’s coming to an end.” “Her plea agreement reflects the conclusion of Winner and her lawyers,” stated Betsy Reed, “that the terms of this deal represent the best outcome possible for her in the current environment.”
In a recent campaign status update Jeff Paterson, Project Director of Courage to Resist, reiterated the importance of continuing to support Reality and her truth-telling motives. “We cannot forget this Trump Administration political prisoner. Reality needs us each to do what we can to resist.” Although Courage to Resist is no longer hosting Reality’s defense fund, online monetary support can be contributed to the Winner family directly at standwithreality.org. Reality’s inspiring artwork also available for purchase at realitywinnerart.com.
“It’s so important to me as her mom to know just all the people that are writing her, who are touching her, who are reaching out to her giving her that strength and that support . . . Please don’t stop that” said Billie Winner-Davis. “And we’ll always make sure that everybody knows where she’s at, where you can write to her, how you can help her. You know, we’ll continue to do that. Just follow us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. We will continue to do that for her.”
Reality will remain at the Lincoln County jail near Augusta, Georgia, for the next few months pending the sentencing hearing and hopefully will then be transferred to a facility closer to her family.