Former NSA contractor Reality Winner faces ‘longest sentence’ ever for leaking classified info to media

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner faces ‘longest sentence’ ever for leaking classified info to media
Reality Winner (Image via Twitter)

[Ed. – The high cost of treachery]

Former NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested in June of 2017 after she removed classified material from a government facility and mailed it to a news outlet.

Reality Winner was arrested and charged just hours after The Intercept published a report based on classified information she sent the outlet.

Shortly after her arrest she was indicted by a federal grand jury on a single count.

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Ms. Winner now faces 10 years in prison which is the maximum sentence as the Trump administration cracks down on leakers.

The Washington Examiner reported:

A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the “longest sentence” ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing.

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23 by a U.S. District Court judge in Augusta. She pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information when she worked as a translator at an NSA facility in Augusta.

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