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Leaker of classified report on Russian hacking gets 5 years

August 24, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former government contractor has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization.

Prosecutors are calling that the longest sentence ever handed down for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.

Twenty-six-year-old Reality Winner pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information. On Thursday she was sentenced in federal court.

The former Air Force translator had worked as a contractor at a National Security Agency’s office in Augusta, when she printed a classified report and left the building with it. Winner told the FBI she mailed it to an online news outlet.

Winner told the judge Thursday she took responsibility for her actions, what she called “an undeniable mistake.”

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