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7 Jun, 2017 17:39

Snowden blasts US over arrest of alleged NSA whistleblower

Snowden blasts US over arrest of alleged NSA whistleblower

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the US government over the arrest of Reality Winner, an NSA contractor accused of leaking top secret documents.

Winner, 25, was arrested by the FBI Saturday, hours after The Intercept published a secret NSA report alleging Russian interference in US voting machine software.

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If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Following the Justice Department’s confirmation of Winner’s indictment, Snowden shared his take on the alleged whistleblower’s arrest through his Freedom of the Press Foundation, insisting the crime of “serving as a journalistic source” is something that “should outrage us all.

To hold a citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage us all,” he wrote.

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Snowden went on to criticize the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law that facilitates the arrest and conviction of whistleblowers.

The law “explicitly forbids the jury from hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the public's benefit.”

WikiLeaks is currently offering $10,000 for information leading to the “public exposure and termination” of the Intercept reporter who allegedly passed on the leaked documents to a government official.