Former US intelligence contractor sentenced to five years for leaking Russian hacking information
Former US intelligence contractor sentenced to five years for leaking Russian hacking information

Former US intelligence contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to 63 months in prison on Thursday after she accepted a plea deal [BBC report] with federal prosecutors in June.

Winner pleaded guilty to charges [indictment, PDF] of willful retention and transmission of national defense information.

In May 2017 Winner kept a classified National Security Agency report concerning a Russian cyberattack on a voting software supplier that took place days before the 2016 US presidential election and later leaked it [document] to The Intercept.

Initially, Winner pleaded not guilty but later changed her plea to avoid a possible 10-year prison sentence.

She was originally arrested [BBC report] in June 2017, two days before The Intercept released the documents that it had received from her. The Intercept’s accompanying story highlighted the report’s allegation that it was Russia’s Military Intelligence Directorate that carried out the cyberattacks.