Reality Winner

Reality Winner

In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, host Jane Turner speaks with former intelligence contractor Reality Winner.

Motivated to act on a belief that the American public was not getting the full truth. Winner leaked a top-secret NSA report on the Russian government’s attempts to hack a Florida-based voting software supplier ahead of the 2016 election to the news media.

Winner and Turner discuss her background, motivations, and how the Espionage Act should be modified to give it more nuance. They also talk about the harsh sentence handed down by the court and the impact her choices made on her life today. Winner encourages would-be whistleblowers to use legal reporting channels.

Winner was the first person to be prosecuted, and later sentenced, under the Trump administration for defying the Espionage Act.

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