NSA Leaker Reality Winner Hit with Multi-Year Sentence

Reality Winner pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information

Reality Winner pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information

Federal prosecutors said her sentence of more than five years was appropriate because victor betrayed the trust of her colleagues and her country.

Her attorneys have requested a prison sentence of 63 months followed by three years of supervised release, arguing that it was "more than sufficient to satisfy the goals of sentencing", court documents showed. Winner's sentence is the longest ever imposed over unauthorized leaks to the media.

Bobby Christine, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, told reporters after the sentencing hearing that victor "knowingly and intentionally betrayed the trust of her colleagues and her country".

Winner's June 3, 2017 arrest coincided with news site The Intercept publishing a classified NSA report about Russian attempts to interfere with USA voting software.

The same day the Intercept report came out, the Justice Department announced it had arrested victor. Two years later, former Central Intelligence Agency officer Jeffrey Sterling got a 42-month sentence for leaking to The New York Times classified information about a secret operation to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program.

Reality Winner was preparing to face a judge Thursday in Augusta, Georgia. The intelligence industry contractor was sentenced to five years and three months in federal prison.

Reality Winner, the 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information about Russia's interference in the 2016 election, has been sentenced to five years in prison. She then shared the document with a news outlet.

It detailed Russian government efforts to penetrate a Florida-based supplier of voting software and the accounts of election officials ahead of the 2016 United States presidential election.

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US intelligence agencies later confirmed Russian meddling.

"I would like to apologise profusely for my actions", she told the judge.

"Make no mistake: THIS WAS OT [sic] A VICTIMLESS CRIME", the statement from Trump-appointed Christine said. "It's a serious matter and she can now get on with her life", Bell said.

After the sentencing, the justice department said that victor had abused her government job to reveal sources and intelligence gathering methods. She also said there were "shortcomings" in how the news site handled the document.

However, the top prosecutor called her an "insider threat", saying she knowingly betrayed the country. The judge sided with prosecutors who said victor posed a potential flight risk and may have stolen other classified documents.

Others have defended victor for what they see as a noble act.

Reality Winner given record federal sentence...

She is the first person the Trump administration has charged under the Espionage Act for a document leak.

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