Reality Winner has been released from prison, according to a statement released by her family and representatives. However, there’s still work to be done for her to truly be freed.
The statement was shared across social media Monday, celebrating that Winner has been released from prison, but is still in custody and in the re-entry process. The notice warned that there’s still a long haul ahead for the Air Force veteran, dealing with both the trauma and the justice system.
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) June 14, 2021
Winner’s release, the statement explains, was based on time earned off her sentence for exemplary behavior during her imprisonment, not due to any corrective justice decision or pardon. Her advocates are still fighting for a pardon and exoneration for an act that was carried out to warn the nation.
It’s long past time for this administration to address the political persecution of Reality Winner. She deserves a pardon for all she’s endured. This young USAF Veteran lost her freedom protecting ours. #PardonRealityWinner
— #Pardon4Reality (@WendyMeer11) June 14, 2021
The site created to advocate her case, Stand With Reality, notes that her mother had wanted to wait to make an announcement of her release, but “when things are on public sites stuff happens.”
A brief background on her story from NBC explains that she was charged under the Espionage Act, for sneaking documents out of a NSA facility and passing them on to a media entity to publicize, because she felt that documentation of an attempted hack of the U.S. election system by Russian forces was something the American public should be aware of.
The family is calling for President Joe Biden to right the wrongs of the previous administration by recognizing Winner as a whistleblower due protection under the law, and issuing a pardon so she can return to normal life.
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