Whistleblower Reality Winner Sentenced To 5 Years In Jail For Revealing Russian Interference In 2016 Election
Former U.S. intelligence contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to more than five years in prison after she admitted to leaking a National Security Agency report on Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 election to The Intercept.
The 26-year-old whistleblower has already spent nearly two years in jail. Her lawyer Titus Nichols said she will receive credit for the time, notes Reuters.
Elizabeth Bell, a spokeswoman for Winner’s attorneys, said that Judge James Hall approved a request by her lawyers for a sentence of 63 months, and three years of supervised release.
Winner was indicted on a single federal count of willful retention and transmission of national defense information, a felony under the World War I-era Espionage and Censorship Act, which was written with the intention of jailing spies who sell or give top secret information to U.S. enemies.
Winner admitted to intentionally printing a copy of the intelligence report in her office and mailing it to The Intercept, which has never admitted that it received the information from Winner.
(Source: Reuters, Photo Credit: Lincoln County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office)