Reality Winner’s 26th birthday, jailed without bail
This week on Monday, December 4th, was Reality Winner’s 26th birthday. Against all evidence and common sense, Reality was denied bail a third time, declared “too dangerous” to be released, while literal traitors and murderers are allowed to walk free while they await trial.
Friends of Reality Winner co-founder Trevor Timm explained today in the Intercept how “the Government is Trying to Make it Impossible for Reality Winner to Defend Herself in Court”.
Reality is the only one of the growing number of people arrested in connection with Russiagate to actually see the inside of a jail cell. And it’s no coincidence that her alleged “crime” is telling America the truth.
The FBI alleges Reality leaked the document revealing Russian hacking of election infrastructure the day after Trump fired James Comey, before Robert Mueller took over the investigation, as Trump bragged to Russian visitors in the White House that the investigation was over.
So it’s a small consolation that on the weekend before Reality’s birthday, yet another Russiagate actor was taken down when Michael Flynn announced his guilty plea, and his willingness to testify against his co-conspirators.
The document Reality is charged with leaking made it undeniable that Trump and company were lying about Russian interference in the election, and that there was much more to the story than we knew. And it’s a vindication for Reality, after months of being ignored and forgotten by the media, for these arrests and guilty pleas to start rolling in.
But Reality is still in jail, and she’s now been denied bail three times. Neither the prosecution or judges are showing any leniency. She remains a prized target of Trump and Session’s war on whistleblowers and the press. And she needs our help.
For Reality’s 26th birthday, we’re asking supporters to make a one-time donation of $26 to her legal defense fund, along with a birthday note. We need to make sure Reality has the resources for the long fight ahead, and that her legal team can swing for the fences, aiming for no less than demolishing the government’s abuse of the Espionage Act.
Send a one-time donation of $26 today. Help make sure Reality is found innocent, and that every whistleblower who comes after her knows that Americans will have their back.
Top photo: Supporters leafleting at the Oakland Federal Building on Reality’s birthday, 12/4/17. Bottom: Veterans for Peace activists standing with Reality in Cambridge.