Reality Winner’s Mother Speaks Out After Sentencing: Daughter Was ‘Nailed to the Door’ by Trump Administration


The mother of NSA whistleblower Reality Winner said in an interview Friday that her daughter was “nailed to the door” by the Trump administration.

Winner, 26, was sentenced on Thursday to more than five years in federal prison for leaking a top-secret report on Russian hacking while serving as an intelligence contractor for the NSA.

She was the first person sentenced under the Espionage Act during the Trump administration, and was given the longest sentence ever imposed for leaking information to the media.

“Today I’m a little bit bitter, I’m angry,” Winner’s mother Billie Winner-Davis said on Democracy Now. “No I should say I’m a lot bitter today.”

“Knowing that she is going to be serving the longest prison sentence for this,” Winner-Davis continued, before expressing her dismay that her daughter “has to be the deterrent for anyone else in America who would think of warning us on blowing the whistle on something important like this.”

“It’s really hard,” she said. “It’s hard as her mother to have to experience this.”

“She’s that first leaker under Trump’s administration, she’s the first one that they intended to nail to the door as a message to others.”

Watch above, via Democracy Now.

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