Reality Leigh Winner is a whistleblower who has been jailed without bail since June 3, 2017 for helping expose Russian hacking efforts leading up to the 2016 US election. Charged under the Espionage Act for sending a classified document to the media, she faces 10 years in prison. She is the first victim of the Trump Administration’s “war on leakers.” 

Her trial is expect to begin late 2018 or early 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. Please donate to her defense, write her a letter, and sign the petition!

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Reality’s mother Billie



Fiscal Report

The most current fiscal report of the Friends of Reality Winner support group. Ms. Winner has been jailed without bail since June 2017 for helping to expose hack attempts of US election systems by foreign agents.

February 9, 2018


Online Donations (tax-deductible)

Online donations will help assist Reality Winner’s legal defense, promote public education efforts related to her case, and cover modest campaign expenses.

Check & Money Orders (tax-deductible)

Make check payable to Courage to Resist / AFGJ, and note “Reality Winner” on the memo line.

Mail to:
Courage to Resist
Attn: Reality Winner Support
484 Lake Park Ave #41
Oakland CA 94610

Contribute to Legal Fees Only

To make a contribution directly to Reality Winner’s legal expenses, make check payable to Reality Winner’s legal defense firm Bell & Brigham, and note “Reality Winner” on the memo line. These contributions are not tax-deductible.

Mail to:
Courage to Resist
Attn: Reality Winner Legal
484 Lake Park Ave #41
Oakland CA 94610

Alternative Donation Methods

If you’re having problems with our primary donation form, please try our backup donation via PayPal. Due to mysterious, but necessary, anti-fraud algorithms, some folks will run into issues with one system or the other.

Additionally, for supporters in the European Union, the Courage Foundation is focusing on fundraising across Europe to benefit Reality Winner.

The Friends of Reality Winner (aka Stand with Reality) Support Group advances public education efforts related to the charges against Reality Winner and her incarceration, and aims to cover the expenses of her legal defense team.

The Reality Winner Defense Fund is hosted by Courage to Resist  (a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501c3 non-profit organization) in collaboration with the Friends of Reality Winner. Transaction processing by Click & Pledge in order to provide the most secure process possible.

We will publish a monthly fiscal report beginning early August 2017 which will provide an overview of donations and expenses.


Friends of Reality Winner (aka Stand with Reality) was founded by three individuals dedicated to open government, free expression, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

Jeff Paterson

Jeff Paterson


A Marine veteran and web developer, Jeff has spent the last eleven years as the project director of Courage to Resist, which provides legal and advocacy assistance to military war resisters.

Rainey Reitman

Rainey Reitman


A writer and privacy advocate, Rainey leads the advocacy team for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization, and works as a nonprofit consultant.

Trevor Timm

Trevor Timm


A lawyer and free speech advocate, Trevor co-founded and runs the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which helps defend the rights of journalists.

A note from Reality’s mom

We need public awareness to ensure my daughter Reality receives a fair trial, and that her legal defense team needs the resources to win this battle. I am so happy and grateful that Courage to Resist, and the new Stand with Reality group, has stepped in to help Reality. I looked at some of their accomplishments for Chelsea Manning, and while that’s pretty different than my daughter’s case, I believe they will be able to help Reality also. Words cannot express my appreciation for this effort. I am so thankful that they have taken on our cause.

— Billie Winner-Davis


A note from Reality’s attorney

Dear Courage to Resist and the new “Stand with Reality” support group:
On behalf of Ms. Reality Winner, I want to thank you and others for the outpouring of support that you all have given to Ms. Winner during her current situation.   It is refreshing to know that so many people that Ms. Winner has never known have come together to offer their support and prayers for her.
We’ve received your initial donation and it has been applied to Ms. Winner’s legal fund. Your pledge of additional support, for fees related to her case, is commendable.  These donations will facilitate the planning and execution of all legal strategy necessary for pre-trial, trial, and post-trial litigation.
Thank you for your support and assistance.

— Titus T. Nichols, Esq.


Committee members serve in their personal capacity. Organizational affiliation listed for identification purposes only.

US Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.)

Former US State Dept. diplomat

Birgitta Jonsdottir

Icelandic Parliamentarian and poet

Sue Udry

Defending Rights and Dissent executive director

Josh Wolf

Journalist jailed for 226 days for protecting source materials

Jesselyn Radack

National security & human rights attorney

Daniel Ellsberg

Pentagon Papers whistleblower

Gerry Condon

Veterans for Peace national board member

Sue Gardner

Journalist & former Wikimedia Foundation executive director

Medea Benjamin

CODEPINK Women for Peace co-founder