Reality Winner has been released from prison. The tragedy of her story lay in thinking that when Glenn Greenwald said “of course, I support a full investigation” it was an earnest statement rather than a joke he may or may not have been in on at the time:
It's also important to note that just bc someone leaks data, it does not make them a whistleblower. What Winner leaked not only was not definitive proof of anything but it also went against my priors, so by no metric could it be deemed "whistleblowing."— (G) #Silenced (L) by (E) Big (M) Tech (@GlemGreenwald) June 14, 2021
As Charles Pierce says, there would be one really obvious response to her unjust imprisonment:
God knows, we can’t know what she knows. It was the NSA’s election, not ours. We can’t frighten the children or scare the horses or prompt a mean email from the Crackerpot Palace down in Florida. Well, here’s one thing we can do: We can get Congress to kill the Espionage Act really, most sincerely dead. It is a meat-ax abomination to civil liberties born in one of the worst periods for civil liberties in our history: the days of A. Mitchell Palmer and that prince of fools, President Woodrow Wilson…
Lying statutes like this lying around like a loaded weapon is a bad idea.