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Reality Winner, NSA contractor, sentenced to prison

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GA – JUNE 8: Reality Winner exits the Augusta Courthouse June 8,
2017 in Augusta, Georgia.

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  • Reality Winner, 26, was sentenced to more than five
    years in prison on Thursday for leaking a secret US report on
    the Russian hacking of voting systems to the media last
    year. 
  • She was arrested in June 2017 on suspicion of leaking
    an intelligence report on the same day The Intercept reported
    on a secret NSA document.
  • The classified document published by The Intercept
    detailed Russian government efforts to hack a Florida-based
    voting software supplier and detailed accounts of election
    officials. 
  • Her sentence is the longest sentence ever given for a
    federal crime involving leaks to the news media.

A former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a secret
US report on the Russian hacking of voting systems has been
sentenced to more than five years in prison.

Reality Winner, 26, was sentenced in Augusta, Georgia, on
Thursday. The 63-month sentence was in line with what
prosecutors had recommended.

Winner was arrested last year on suspicion of leaking an
intelligence report the same day The Intercept reported on a
secret NSA document.

The classified document published by The Intercept detailed
Russian government efforts to hack a Florida-based US voting
software supplier, according to The Associated
Press
. It also detailed accounts of election officials ahead
of the 2016 presidential election.

Authorities have not described the document leaked by Winner or
what news organization received it.

Winner was employed by the military contractor Pluribus
International Corporation when she leaked the document.

She pleaded guilty in June to transmitting
national security information by copying the classified report
and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.

Her sentence is the longest sentence ever given for a federal
crime involving leaks to the news media.

Winner apologized in court.

The 26-year-old, who was in the Air Force before becoming an NSA
contractor, spent a year in Jail before reaching a plea agreement
after attorneys argued she was a potential flight risk.

She confessed to leaking the classified report during FBI
questioning in June 2017.

“Yeah, I screwed up royally,” she told agents before her arrest,
according to
CBS
.

Prosecutors had warned that Winner may have stolen other US
documents, but she was never charged with any additional crimes.

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