- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 8, 2017

Rosie O’Donnell has donated $1,000 to a “relief fund” for Reality Leigh Winner, a former federal contractor who is accused of leaking classified documents to a news outlet.

“Brave young patriot,” the comedian tweeted Wednesday with a link to the GoFundMe page.

The fund, launched Monday by one Shirley J. Fink, of Virginia, is 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.”

It raised more than $17,000 as of Thursday afternoon.

“I would love to help her and her family,” Ms. O’Donnell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I would love to talk to the mother and offer any help.”

Ms. Winner, who worked for Pluribus International Corporation, is accused of leaking classified information about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election to a news outlet widely believed to be The Intercept. She was arrested by the FBI at her home on Saturday and indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday. Her lawyer, Titus Nichols, told NPR that his client plans to plead not guilty to the one count of “willful retention and transmission of national defense information.”

Ms. Winner was vocal about her political views on social media, often hurling profanities at President Trump on Twitter and calling him a “fascist” under the pseudonym Sara Winners.

Ms. O’Donnell certainly shares Ms. Winner’s disdain for Mr. Trump. The comedian and former “The View” co-host has been publicly feuding with the president for more than a decade.

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