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Ex-NSA contractor Reality Winner gets 5 years in jail for leaking top-secret document

A judge's gavel. (Dreamstime/TNS)
August 23, 2018

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to 63 months in jail on Thursday.

Winner, 26, was arrested and charged last June with leaking a top-secret document about the Russian hacking to a news outlet.

She also received three additional years of supervised release after her more-than-5-year prison sentence, Fox News reported.

She pleaded guilty in June to leaking classified information.

Prosecutors argued for a 10-year prison sentence, which was the maximum punishment and would have been the longest-ever sentence for such a crime.

Reality Leigh Winner, who legally changed her name from Sara, stole a top-secret document from the National Security Agency in Georgia. The Intercept published the May 5 document detailing Russian efforts to hack voting in the U.S. days before the 2016 election.

Winner is reportedly a Bernie Sanders supporter, often criticizes President Donald Trump and supports some liberal progressive causes such as Black Lives Matter.

On her Twitter account, @Reezlie, and listed as Sara Winner, Winner goes after Trump and his stance on refugees, says to “burn crosses, not flags,” and tweets at rap star Kanye West that he should “make a shirt that says, ‘being white is terrorism.’”

The Department of Justice last June announced the charges against Winner.