NSA Leaker Reality Winner Put Behind Bars For More Than Five Years

A former National Security Agency contractor was sentenced to more than five years in prison on Thursday. This was after the NSA leaker pleaded guilty to leaking a classified report that had information on the Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Reality Winner, 26, was sentenced to 63 months, with no additional fine in a Georgia courtroom. She also received three years of supervised release in addition.

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Winner’s mom was crying as the sentence was read. Her daughter was in the court in an orange jumpsuit.

The Winner defense team said the ruling was “fair” as they wer expecting the longest ever sentence for a federal media leak crime.

Per Fox News:

Winner’s defense team said they felt the sentence, reportedly the longest ever imposed for a federal media leak crime, was “fair.”

Winner, an Air Force veteran, pleaded guilty in June after being held in prison at the Lincoln County Jail near Augusta, Georgia. Winner was arrested in June 2017, and charged under the Espionage Act for removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, according to the Justice Department.

Winner’s 2017 arrest was announced shortly after the Intercept website published a story detailing how Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent so-called “spear-phishing” emails to more than 100 local election officials at the end of October or beginning of November 2016.

The Justice Department did not specify that Winner was being charged in connection with the Intercept’s report. However, the site noted that the NSA report cited in its story was dated May 5, 2017. An affidavit supporting Winner’s arrest also said the report was dated “on or about” May 5, 2017.

Winner worked as a contractor with a Top Secret security clearance with Pluribus International Corporation at a federal facility in Georgia when she printed out a sheet of paper with classified information and mailed it to a news outlet, according to the Justice Department.

Winner had a colorful history on social media that laid bare her political leanings, and wanted to “resist” President Trump.

Now Winner can take her “Resistance” movement behind bars. Her social media pages revealed her stance on being pro-Bernie Sanders and many anti-Trump views.

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