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USA & CANADA / Reality Winner: NSA contractor jailed for five years over classified report leak
Date of publication at Tlaxcala: 01/09/2018

Reality Winner: NSA contractor jailed for five years over classified report leak

Amanda Holpuch


Winner, who leaked report on Russian election interference, is first person Trump administration charged under Espionage Act

Prosecutors said that the NSA contractor Reality Winner printed a classified document showing Russian interference in the US election. Photograph: AP

The NSA contractor Reality Winner was sentenced on Thursday to five years and three months in prison for leaking a top-secret document about Russian interference in the US election.

Winner, 26, was sentenced at a federal court in Georgia after pleading guilty in June as part of a deal with government prosecutors.

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

The justice department did not pursue the maximum sentence and instead recommended a 63-month penalty. Government attorneys said that would be the longest sentence ever for an unauthorized disclosure to the media.

Prosecutors said that in May 2017, Winner, who was working for the defense contractor Pluribus International Corporation, printed a classified document that showed how Russian military intelligence hacked at least one voting software supplier and had attempted to breach more than 100 local election systems in the days before the November 2016 vote.

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Reality Winner Sentence Has Troubling Ramifications for National Security Whistleblowers, Public Information, by PEN America

Courtesy of The Guardian
Publication date of original article: 23/08/2018
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