Liberal television personality Rosie O’Donnell confirmed that she donated $1,000 to a GoFundMe campaign set up for the family of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old NSA contractor accused of illegally leaking classified intelligence documents.
Winner, who was arrested Tuesday for giving classified documents to the website The Intercept, has pleaded not guilty to one count of “willful retention and transmission of national defense information.” If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.
This is part of the description from the GoFundMe page:
LET’S STAND UP WITH REALITY LEIGH WINNER AND HER FAMILY!
It is a Difficult time for Reality Winner and her family. Please show your love and support with kind messages and a monetary donation if you feel led to do so.
This is a time to come together and unite in peace and hope and show the world LOVE ALWAYS WINS over hate! Good resists even when evil persists!
These funds will be able to assist with loss of wages, counseling from this traumatic experience and to be able to recover from this as Reality & her family rebuilds their lives. Possible expenses for travel for the family and anything they might need to help them through these troubled times.”
O’Donnell praised Winner as a “brave young patriot” in a tweet.
brave young patriot – https://t.co/MCnQ1U33vF
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 7, 2017
The page may violate GoFundMe’s terms of service, which prohibits establishing a campaign for “the defense or support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity.” But that doesn’t bother liberals like O’Donnell, who sees Winner as a victim rather than as a traitor to her country.