On June 3, 2017, NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested and charged under the Espionage Act for allegedly providing a media organization with a top-secret document that analyzed information about alleged Russian online intrusions into a U.S. election.
A year later, Reality Winner remains in a small jail without a trial.
Urge the U.S. Attorney General to drop the charges.
NSA contractors like Reality Winner and Edward Snowden do not have access to the regular whistleblower channels. And by being charged under the Espionage Act -- a 101-year-old law -- Winner would not be allowed to defend herself by arguing that the release of the document was in the public interest.
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.
Here's our petition:
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions:
We urge you to immediately drop all charges against Reality Winner
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The U.S. government's classification system is being abused to punish whistleblowers, control the narrative, and suppress dissent. As Winner’s trial continues to be delayed, she may serve one of the longest sentences for whistleblowing without even being convicted. Reality Winner’s case is part of the war on whistleblowers. We must demand that all charges be dropped.
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