Former NSA Contractor Reality Winner Pleads Guilty Under Espionage Act


Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor accused of leaking classified information to journalists, pleaded guilty this morning as part of a deal with prosecutors.

The 26 year old plead guilty to one count of unlawful retention and dissemination of national defense information. The plea agreement, signed June 19, says she is facing a possible sentence of 63 months in jail and three years of supervised release.

Winner was arrested in June of 2017 for allegedly feeding a classified report with information on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 Presidential election to a news outlet. She has been held at the Lincoln County Jail near Augusta, GA.

Winner, charged under the Espionage Act, with removing classified material from a government facility and leaking it.

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