“We the undersigned call on President Trump to pardon Reality Winner or to commute her sentence to time served.”
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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.
Winner has now been sentenced to five years in prison, 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.
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Reality Winner was concerned with the integrity of U.S. elections. In order to alert the public to what she believed was a critical threat to U.S. elections, she gave classified information to The Intercept. The information she leaked harmed no one.
The Intercept, at the request of the National Security Agency, redacted the name of a Russian intelligence unit in the documents obtained from Winner. It was Special Counsel Robert Mueller who made that name public in an indictment containing similar information to that leaked by Winner. How such information could harm "national security" at all, much less do so in Winner's case but not in Mueller's, is unclear.
Winner was not given a fair trial. The Espionage Act allows for no public interest defense, and rulings by the judge in the case severely curtailed Winner’s ability to defend herself.
President Obama normalized the practice of charging whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, a statute intended for spies. We must not allow this practice to continue.
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> The Intercept: The Government’s Argument That Reality Winner Harmed National Security Doesn’t Hold Up. Here’s Why.
> Freedom of the Press Foundation: Whistleblower Reality Winner sentenced to longest prison term in the history of federal leak cases
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