WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says that a 25-year-old government contracter accused of sharing National Security Agency (NSA) documents with a media outlet “must be supported.”
“Alleged NSA whistleblower Reality Leigh Winner must be supported,” he tweeted Monday alongside a picture of Winner. “She is a young woman accused of courage in trying to help us know.”
“It doesn’t matter why she did it or the quality [of] the report,” Assange added in a separate tweet. “Acts of non-elite sources communicating knowledge should be strongly encouraged.”
Prosecutors earlier Monday announced that the Department of Justice had charged Winner with sharing top secret material with a media outlet. Read more at The Hill.