Ex-NSA contractor Reality Winner released from prison…

Ex-NSA contractor Reality Winner released from prison…

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Reality Winner exits the Augusta Courthouse June 8, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. Winner is an intelligence industry contractor accused of leaking National Security Agency (NSA) documents.

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  • Former US intelligence contractor Reality Winner has been released from prison.
  • Winner was convicted in 2018 of leaking an intel report about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
  • She is now housed at a Residential Reentry Management facility in San Antonio.
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Former US intelligence contractor Reality Winner has been released from prison, her attorney announced on Monday.

Winner was sentenced to five years in prison in 2018, after being convicted of leaking a report about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election to The Intercept, a non-profit publication.

Winner’s attorney, Alison Grinter Allen, said on Twitter that Winner was released into the residential reentry program through good behavior.

“Her release is not a product of the pardon or compassionate release process,” Allen said, “but rather the time earned from exemplary behavior while incarcerated.” Allen added that Winner has asked for privacy as she works to “heal the trauma of incarceration and build back the years lost.”

Federal Bureau of Prisons records show that Winner is now being housed at a Residential Reentry Management facility in San Antonio. She will be released from the program on November 23, 2021.

Winner was arrested by federal authorities and charged with Espionage Act violations after The Intercept published a report around Winner’s leaked NSA files in 2017.

A DOJ affidavit shows that The Intercept sent a member of the federal government a copy of the original file Winner provided to the publication. The photocopy showed that the report had been “folded/creased,” meaning someone had printed it out before removing it from a classified space.

US investigators discovered that only six people in the agency had printed the report leaked to The Intercept and further review found that Winner had not only printed the record but also “had email contact” with the news outlet.

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