USA

Reality Winner, the Contractor Who Leaked Classified Russian Election Meddling Info, Released From Prison

The Slatest

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, who pleaded guilty to leaking a classified National Security Agency report, was released from a Texas prison, her lawyer announced Monday. Winner’s lawyer said the 29-year-old was transferred to a halfway house before being transitioned to supervised release. Winner initially faced a 10-year sentence for leaking the classified document to the Intercept in 2017 outlining Russian cyberattacks on local election officials and the company responsible for voter registration software. As part of a plea deal, in 2018 Winner was sentenced to just over five years, a sentence prosecutors said was the longest ever handed down for a government leak to a news outlet.

Winner’s early release was scheduled and on account of good behavior, her lawyer said, not because of any commutation of her sentence. Winner petitioned then-President Donald Trump for clemency, but Trump did not intervene in her case, as he launched public screeds against government leaks and the Trump Department of Justice pursued journalists and sitting members of Congress in leak investigations. Winner is still restricted by law from discussing the specifics of her case and the document it was based on and had begun the process of petitioning for a pardon or commutation before her release.

The a former Air Force linguist was working for the private intelligence firm Pluribus International at Fort Gordon in Georgia when she leaked the top secret document to the online publication. Winner printed out the NSA report, sneaking it out of the complex in her pantyhose, before mailing it to the Intercept, which then published a news story on the contents of the document. The Intercept, which made a name for itself publishing national security stories, often relying on sensitive leaked documents, faced criticism for the handling of the document, which led federal investigators directly to Winner, who was charged within an hour of the publication of the story.

Slate is covering the stories that matter to you. Become a Slate Plus member to support our work. Your first month is only $1.

Join Slate Plus

Football news:

In Holland, they believe that racism is everywhere in Russia. I'm explaining: this is no longer the case. The only Russian in the championship of the Netherlands
Manchester United offered 30 million euros for Coulibaly. Napoli refused
Inter was offered to rent Jovic
Barcelona appealed to Juve about the exchange of Griezmann for Dybala (L'Equipe)
The FA has started checking because of the riots at the Euro final: The main thing is that such shameful scenes will never happen again
Justin Kluivert will move to Nice from Roma. The Romans will give him on loan with the right to buy out
Griezmann can put pressure on Barcelona so that his exchange to Atletico for Saul still takes place