The NSA employee accused of leaking classified information to the media known as ‘Reality Winner’ is expected to plead guilty to the crime.
FOX News reports:
Reality Winner to plead guilty in national security leak case: report
Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was accused of leaking a classified report to a news outlet, will reportedly plead guilty as part of a plea deal.
Winner, 26, is being held at the Lincoln County Jail near Augusta, Georgia. She was arrested in June 2017 for allegedly feeding a classified report with information on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election to the outlet.
The Air Force veteran entered a plea deal on Thursday following a phone call with U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Winner was charged, under the Espionage Act, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.
She was working as a contractor with a Top Secret security clearance with Pluribus International Corporation at a federal facility in Georgia when, according to the Justice Department, she printed out a sheet of paper with classified information and mailed it to a news organization.
She deserves jail for betraying her country. We hope they throw the book at her.