Reality Winner

Reality Winner is an American whistleblower who, in 2017, leaked a classified cable to the news media which confirmed Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US elections. Reportedly the leak gave operators of voting equipment the opportunity to beef up security and thwart these efforts. Arguably the Dep­art­ment of Homeland Security should have notified them itself, but they didn’t, because the cable was classified. Reality Winner was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in punishment for her whistleblowing efforts, but was released for good behaviour in 2021.