On this edition of Parallax Views, imprisoned whistleblower Reality Leigh Winner will be released on November 23rd, 2021. As longtime listeners of the show will know, I’ve covered Reality’s case extensively with both journalist Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof and Reality’s mother Billie Winner-Davis. Reality leaked classified documents to The Intercept from the NSA pertaining to questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election that pitted Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump. Regardless of your opinions on that specific issues there is much to be said about the importance of Reality’s case in terms of conscientious whistleblowers and their treatment by the federal government.
Joining us on this edition of the program to revisit the case is Brittany Winner, Reality Winner’s big sister. In addition to providing a sister’s perspective on Reality (including some interesting stories about Seaworld and Pokemon!) that gives a human face to Reality, we also discuss the new documentary by comedian Samantha Bee of Full Frontal (and formerly The Daily Show) which was just published last week. We’ll also discuss the effort to grant Reality clemency, the letter campaign to President Joe Biden, Reality’s experience with COVID while in prison, and more. Please consider supporting Reality Winner at Stand With Reality.