Last week, whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison, plus 3 years of supervised release. Her crime was releasing one 5 page document about alleged Russian hacking and attempts to spearfish U.S. election officials.
Victory for Journalists, Whistleblowers, and Activists As Key Provisions of Ag-Gag Law Found to Be Unconstitutional
In a victory for journalists, whistleblowers, and activists, on January 4, 2018 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down key provisions of Idaho’s ag-gag as unconstitutional. Defending Rights & Dissent has long asserted ag-gag laws are unconstitutional.
Reality Winner is accused of leaking a 5-page document about Russian attempts to hack the election. She is being charged under the Espionage Act, her lawyers are challenging that, and if they are successful, they may prevent the government from using the act to go after future whistleblowers.
Defending Rights & Dissent has joined with a coalition of other organizations to launch StandWithReality.org to raise funds for her defense, educate the public about her case, and advocate for the charges to be dropped.