Wikileaks rallies behind alleged NSA whistleblower, says young woman is being ‘accused of courage’

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has rallied behind government contractor accused of leaking classified Russia report, calling for her ‘support.’ The contractor, a 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner of Augusta, Georgia, has been “charged in U.S. District Court with copying classified documents and mailing them to a reporter with an unnamed news organization.”

In an affidavit filed with the court FBI agent  Justin Garrick, states that Leigh winner “admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue.” According to the same affidavit,  Winner served in the air force and held “top-level security clearance.”

Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange has now waded into the case saying Leigh Winner is a young woman ‘being accused of courage in trying to help us know’


The leaked document is said to contain more information than the assessment by US agencies in January.

Winner’s attorney told AP: “”My client has no (criminal) history, so it’s not as if she has a pattern of having done anything like this before. She is a very good person. All this craziness has happened all of a sudden.”