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Reality Winner Is Latest to Face Prosecution Under Awful World War I Espionage Act


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Reality Winner Is Latest to Face Prosecution Under Awful World War I Espionage Act

Jay Stanley

Reality Winner, a 25-year-old employee of a contractor that does work for the NSA, was arrested in June and charged with transmitting classified information, widely suspected to be an intelligence document about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that was published by The Intercept.


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The Espionage and Sedition Acts were some of the worst laws ever passed in this country. These laws, and the Palmer Raids that followed, pretty much destroyed what was a very strong Progressive
Movement before the entry of the U.S. into WWI. It was, in fact, antiwar criticism that landed Eugene Debs in prison. He got a million or so votes for President even while in prison,