Remember Reality Winner? She was nabbed over a year ago for leaking a confidential defense report to The Intercept.
Well she just got her sentence and it’s a big one – the biggest ever for someone leaking confidential information to the media:
BLOOMBERG – A Georgia woman who pleaded guilty to leaking a secret U.S. report has been sentenced to more than five years.
Reality Winner was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Augusta, Georgia. The 63-month sentence was in line with what was recommended by prosecutors, who said that would be the longest sentence ever given for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media.
In court, Winner apologized and acknowledged that what she did was wrong.
The 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor was charged last year with copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.
Winner pleaded guilty June 26 to transmitting national security information.
Authorities didn’t describe the leaked document. Winner’s arrest was announced the same day online news outlet The Intercept reported on a classified NSA report on Russian hackers and the 2016 election.
I hope this serves as a warning to anyone else thinking about leaking to the media. Just because you hate Trump being president doesn’t justify criminal behavior.
Kudos to Jeff Sessions for putting this one away.