Statement From The Press Freedom Defense Fund On Reality Winner's Sentencing Today
August 23, 2018 - Today, Reality Winner received the harshest sentence ever for an American whistleblower. Yet no true crime was committed.
Demonstrating her passion for her country, she heroically — at great personal risk— alerted fellow Americans to vital information that Russia had tampered with the 2016 U.S. elections.
The same information she shared was verified by a bi-partisan U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report in July of 2018.
And that same information is now being used as evidence in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of 12 Russian GRU agents who allegedly planned and executed cyber-attacks on our electoral system.
Her selfless act makes her a true patriot, not a criminal. She is also a decorated Air Force veteran and a brave American who loves her country. We are impressed by her dedication to service and her desire to protect what is sacred to our democracy.
Reality Winner’s punishment is completely unjust. We continue to stand by her and urge everyone to join us as we demand clemency.