Reality Winner Faces “Longest Sentence” Ever For Leaking Classified NSA Document to News Outlet
Savannah, Georgia – 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.
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.
Winner’s plea deal with prosecutors calls for imprisonment of five years and three months. But the sentencing judge isn’t bound by that agreement. Winner’s crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years.
The Trump administration has made prosecuting government employees who leak sensitive information to the media a high priority, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to clamp down on leaks last year.
In a court filing Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Winner’s case said the 63-month sentence they’re recommending is plenty stiff to deter other government workers from leaking sensitive information, even if it could be tougher.
“The government advises the Court that despite the agreed-upon sentence being below the applicable guidelines range, it would be the longest sentence served by a federal defendant for an unauthorized disclosure to the media,” the prosecutors wrote.
The Gateway Pundit previously documented Reality Winner’s hatred for President Trump via her social media, but the explosive testimony given at her detention hearing after her arrest sent shock waves across the internet.
Federal prosecutors testified based on evidence seized from her house, Reality Winner made plans to burn the White House down and pledged her allegiance to the Taliban.
Reality Winner is completely unhinged and a danger to society. She’s only 26 years old; she will still only be in her mid-30’s when she’s released from prison if she is given the maximum sentence of 10 years.
Meanwhile, Paul Manafort faces 305 years if convicted on all counts.