The kind of hero we need. Intelligence contractor Reality Winner, who leaked sensitive NSA documents that detailed Russian attempts to hack the US voting system, should be respected for bringing the truth to light, suggests Phil Helsel of NBC News. He quotes Edward Snowden, who claims that one should consider the public benefit that Winner’s actions had before condemning her. Currently, she is being held in custody without a trial even though she acted in the interest of the American people. The current law demonizes such acts and encourages US citizens to withhold information that might be hugely important to the public.
Anti-Trump, not Pro-America. Reality Winner deserves the appropriate punishment for sharing compromising government information with the media, asserts George Rasley of Conservative HQ. From her online presence, one can deduce that Winner has strong sentiments against the president, posing the question whether she was motivated by these rather than the interest of the country, according to Rasley. Exposing the NSA’s top secret information violates the trust placed in her by the government. She should have upheld her duty and left whatever political motivations she may have had behind, infers Rasley.