In case you missed it, NSA report leaker Reality Winner has been sentenced to 63 months in prison.
Reality Winner, who leaked a report on Russian hacking, has received what prosecutors call the longest federal sentence ever imposed for a media leak https://t.co/NKZQbMnowA pic.twitter.com/nnqtP1LkRr
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 23, 2018
More from CBS News:
A former government contractor who pleaded guilty to mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization was sentenced to more than five years Thursday as part of a deal with prosecutors, who called it the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.
, 26, pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information. The former Air Force translator worked as a contractor at a National Security Agency’s office in Augusta, Georgia, when she printed a classified report and left the building with it tucked into her pantyhose. Winner told the FBI she mailed the document to an online news outlet.
The judge’s sentence was in line with a plea agreement between Winner’s defense team and prosecutors, who recommended she serve five years and three months behind bars. Prosecutors said in a court filing that punishment would amount to “the longest sentence served by a federal defendant for an unauthorized disclosure to the media.”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, for one, is beside himself. It’s “absolutely nuts,” he says:
Five years in prison for this is absolutely nuts. NUTS. https://t.co/DaZ6RAFaYe
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 23, 2018
NUTS, you guys.
Yes, nuts it wasn't longer.
— Dave's Not Here (@Weirddave0) August 23, 2018
Yes should have been more
— Andrew Donaldson (@four4thefire) August 23, 2018
Exactly, it’s waaaaaay too light
— Mujahed (@kebejay) August 23, 2018
Must you be so transparent, Chris?
“How dare you call us ‘enemy of the people’ while we’re defending politically-motivated leaking of classified information!” https://t.co/7R2SZ8XH7L
— Will (@Oil_Guns_Merica) August 23, 2018
Refreshing when the enemies of the people readily identify themselves.
— JWF (@JammieWF) August 23, 2018