A former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who admitted passing secret information to the media has been sentenced to more than five years.
Reality Winner, 26,was about to face 10 years in prison, but this was reduced to 5 years and 3 months under a plea deal. She was arrested last year on 3rd of June for leaking an NSA report on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Her sentence is reported to be the longest given for passing unauthorized material to a media outlet.
Winner was working as a linguist at an NSA facility in Georgia when she was detained in June 2017 and charged under the Espionage Act.
According to FIA
She was caught after investigators noticed that the leaked document appeared to have been folded or creased, indicating that it had been “printed and then carried out of a secured space.”
Two things were revealed in this leaking of document
- NSA stories take Pulitzer Prize
- How the US spy scandal unravelled
Back in 2014 Edward Snowden also did one of the similar things that was also discussed in the case. He exposed US spying programmes and their ways of working.
Winner was one of the 6 persons who printed that secret document.
Winner said that
“I misused my clearance to print out the report.”
“I did so of my own free will.”
The leaked document, believed to have been passed to news website. The Intercept, alleged that Moscow’s military intelligence services had attempted cyber attacks on at least one US voting software supplier days before the 2016 US presidential election.
The files were apparently marked for declassification not before May 2042.
It was also believed that Russians sent phishing emails to more than local election officials but in the documents it was said that they were not successful.
Winning parents believe that their daughter is a good person and she has done nothing bad and has just shown the reality to the people.