alleged National Security Agency leaker Reality Winner has had a huge group of sympathizers, some even creating funding pages to raise money for Winner’s legal defense. After being arrested and accused by the government of giving documents from a government facility and giving it to a news outlet, Winner has been able to raise almost $15,000.
Today, President Trump nemesis, Rosie O’Donnell had to publicly donate $1,000 towards Winner’s fund. O’Donnell hailed Winner as a “brave young patriot.”
Winner has been indicted by a grand jury and is facing up to 10 years in prison, with more than $250,000 in fines.
The Daily Mail reports:
Rosie O’Donnell donated $1,000 to an online fundraiser for alleged National Security Agency leaker Reality Winner that has already amassed $15,000.
The GoFundMe page for Winner has racked up $14,842 after the federal government filed a criminal complaint accusing her of removing classified material from a government facility and passing them off to an online news outlet.
The 25-year-old Winner, who O’Donnell hailed as a ‘brave young patriot’, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday and faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
Winner, of Augusta, Georgia, is being held in Lincoln County Jail after her arrest on Saturday in connection with leaks related to Russian’s role in election hacking.
Winner worked as a contractor with Top Secret clearance at Pluribus International Corporation, an analytical and engineering service that provides its services to the federal, defense, security and the intelligence community.
‘On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it,’ according to the criminal complaint.
A few days later, she ‘unlawfully transmitted the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet’, the criminal complaint states.
The Justice Department released information about her arrest on Monday, an hour after The Intercept published a report based on a top-secret NSA document stating Russian officials tried to hack into the US voting system before the presidential elections.
While President Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against leaks and the people behind them, many heralded Winner as a hero.
O’Donnell, who has famously been locked in a feud with Trump for more than a decade, confirmed her $1,000 donation to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and called her a ‘brave young patriot’ on Twitter.
Others like Dawn Schonwetter wrote: ‘Thank you, Ms. Winner. I owe you so much more than I can donate. You are a patriot and a true friend of democracy.’
Cherie Fazekas said: ‘This heroic young woman put her life on the line for US and this is how we repay her. I don’t even have a job right now and I donated. Get it together people!’
The GoFundMe page, set up by Shirley Fink of Fairfax, Virginia, states: ‘These funds will be able to assist with loss of wages, counseling from this traumatic experience and to be able to recover from this as Reality & her family rebuilds their lives.
‘Possible expenses for travel for the family and anything they might need to help them through these troubled times.’
Winner’s court hearing, due to begin at 4pm on Thursday, will determine whether she will be released from pre-trial confinement.
Her attorney said she will plead not guilty to ‘willful retention and transmission of national defense information’.