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Reality Winner thanks Trump for calling her NSA leak ‘small potatoes’

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Winner exits the Augusta Courthouse June 8, 2017 in Augusta,
Georgia. Winner is an intelligence industry contractor accused of
leaking National Security Agency (NSA)
documents.

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  • Reality Winner thanked President Donald Trump for
    calling her leak “small potatoes” after she was sentenced to 63
    months in prison for exposing a secret US report on Russian
    hacking.
  • Winner was arrested last year on suspicion of leaking
    an intelligence report the same day The Intercept reported on a
    secret NSA document.
  • Winner, 26, said she “deeply” regrets her actions and
    said watching the Russia investigation from behind bars is
    “vindicating but also frustrating.”

The former National Security Agency contractor who was
sentenced to more than five years in prison
for exposing a
secret US report on Russian hacking thanked President Donald
Trump for calling her leak “small potatoes.”

Reality Winner, 26, said she “deeply” regrets her actions,
speaking to
CBS News
by phone from Lincoln County Jail in Georgia on
Thursday.

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 is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage
Act since Trump took office in January 2016.

On Friday, Trump called Winner’s leak “‘small potatoes’ compared
to what Hillary Clinton did.”

“I don’t like to assume anything as to what’s going on in his
head, but the ‘small potatoes’ was a breath of fresh air,” Winner
told CBS News. “It really made me laugh. It reminded me of me and
my own family.

She continued: “We try to make a joke out of everything. We laugh
every single day no matter how bad things get, and he really gave
a whole sense of humor to the thing ’cause it is quite bizarre.”

Winner 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 ever given for a federal crime
involving leaks to the news media.

Speaking to CBS News about her sentencing, she said it has been
“vindicating but also frustrating” to watch the investigation
into the Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election from
behind bars.

“I know that had I been out and allowed some kind of opinion
about it I would be doing my due diligence as a citizen,
contacting my senators, but as it is I’ve just been behind bars
kind of a spectator, kind of a sounding box,” Winner said.

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