Meet Reality Winner

Her words.
Her story. Her life.

Ranked in the top ten of her Texas high school class, Reality Winner joined the United States Air Force in 2010, and had risen to the rank of senior airman by 2016. In early 2017, Reality came across classified information about Russian tampering in the 2016 election. Shortly thereafter, she decided to leak this information to an online publication called The Intercept.

IS THIS A ROOM is not just based on the thrilling true story of Reality Winner… it is a word-for-word enactment of the actual, redacted transcript of the day when she was surprised at her home by FBI agents, who had come to arrest her. She had no idea during this encounter that she was enjoying her last moments of freedom for quite a while, as this encounter set in motion a legal odyssey that led to her pleading guilty to violating the Espionage Act of 1917.

Reality Winner was not trying to be a hero, or even a whistleblower — as she herself says, “I wasn’t trying to be Snowden — that’s crazy!” She was just trying to do what she thought was right for her country. And she paid a stiff price for it.

There have been many opinions and articles dissecting what she did, such as this one in The New York Times (and others listed below). Her actions can, and will, be debated for years. But what cannot be disputed is that she received the longest sentence in history for such a crime. After serving four years in prison, Reality Winner remains under house arrest until November 23, 2021.

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