To celebrate Whistleblower Appreciation Day on, we’ll deliver thousands of signatures to the Department of Justice tomorrow (July 27) in support of the latest person to be charged with espionage for allegedly sharing important information with the American people.
Add your name to the petition below now!
Reality Winner, a 25-year old veteran, is being held in jail without bail facing 10 years in prison. The government is using her as an example to silence anyone who might want to blow the whistle on this administration in the future. She is being aggressively prosecuted under the Espionage Act, held without bail, and now the prosecution is trying to hamstring her defense on “national security” grounds. The prosecution hopes to keep Reality’s defense team from talking about the contents of the document she allegedly released, and by extension, whether the information was harmful to national security.
Join us in demanding the charges against Winner be dropped.
If the government’s allegations that Winner leaked the documents are true then she is a whistleblower.
Tell the DOJ: Whistleblowing is not espionage!
It’s harmful when Americans are kept in the dark about security vulnerabilities in our election system, and when investigative journalists can’t hold the powerful accountable because their sources are afraid to come forward.
When our Founding Fathers created a government accountable to the people, they specifically included tools, like checks and balances, to prevent government from running amok. In that same spirit, they wanted government employees to be the people’s eyes and ears in government, and to speak out when they encounter problems or opportunities for improvement. So on July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution empowering government whistleblowers. It said that government whistleblowing was not only encouraged; it was a duty for Americans.
– Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)