Assange Wants to Support NSA Whistleblower and Offers $10K Reward to 'Expose' Reporter
WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange is calling for the woman who allegedly leaked top secret NSA documents to The Intercept to be “supported” and the reporter who gave her information to US officials to be “named and shamed.”
The FBI arrested Reality Leigh Winner, 25, at her home in Georgia on Saturday, and charged her with “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet,” according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.
Assange took to Twitter Tuesday to encourage public support for Winner who, he says, is a “young woman accused of courage in trying to help us know.”
The leak “threatens national security” and “undermines public faith in government,” according to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
If convicted, Winner faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.