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Reality Winner Pleads Guilty in NSA Leaking Case

Reality Winner Pleads Guilty in NSA Leaking Case
Reality Winner exits the Augusta Courthouse June 8, 2017, in Augusta, Georgia. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Tuesday, 26 June 2018 01:44 PM

Reality Winner pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Georgia after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors who accused her of leaking U.S. secrets to a news outlet.

Winner, 26, entered her guilty plea in an agreement that calls for her to serve five years and three months behind bars, news outlets reported. A judge will sentence her later.

“All of these actions I did willfully, meaning I did them of my own free will,” she told the court, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Winner has been held without bail since she was arrested in June 2017 and charged under the Espionage Act. Her trial had been set to start Oct. 15.

She is a former Air Force linguist who speaks Arabic and Farsi and had a top-secret security clearance. She worked for the national security contractor Pluribus International at Fort Gordon in Georgia when she was charged in June 2017 with copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.

The Justice Department announced Winner’s arrest on the same day The Intercept, an online news outlet, reported it had obtained a classified National Security Agency report suggesting Russian hackers attacked a U.S. voting software supplier before the 2016 presidential election.

The NSA report was dated May 5, the same as the document Winner was accused of leaking.

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