Published in partnership with Shadowproof. Reality Winner, a twenty-five-year-old National Security Agency contractor, is the first person to be charged with violating the Espionage Act under President Donald Trump’s administration. The contractor allegedly provided a top secret report on Russian hacking to The Intercept. The Justice
Richard Esposito and Matthew Cole, two of the journalists behind The Intercept reporting which led to Winner’s arrest, were both at the center of the leak prosecution against CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou as Journalist A and Journalist B.