BREAKING NEWS: NSA whistleblower Reality Winner is released from federal prison early for ‘good behavior’ after being sentenced to five years for leaking classified docs
- Reality Winner, 29, was released from federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas on Monday, her attorney said
- She was sentenced to five years in prison back in 2018 after pleading guilty to leaking a classified document to the media
- Winner was arrested in Georgia in June 2017 and spent more than a year in prison prior to being sentenced
- She was scheduled to be released in November this year
National Security Agency whistleblower Reality Winner has been released from federal prison early for ‘good behavior’.
The 29-year-old was released on Monday from the prison in Fort Worth, Texas, her lawyer said.
She was sentenced to five years in prison back in 2018 after pleading guilty to leaking a classified document to the media concerning alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
Winner, who was arrested in Georgia in June 2017 and spent more than a year in prison prior to being sentenced, was scheduled to be released in November this year.
Her lawyer Allison Grinter Allen said Winner’s early release was due to good behavior and not because she has been pardoned in anyway.
‘Her release is not a product of the pardon or compassionate release process, but rather the time earned from exemplary behavior while incarcerated,’ the lawyer said.
Winner is still in custody in the residential reentry process, according to her lawyer.
National Security Agency whistleblower Reality Winner has just been released from federal prison for ‘good behavior’. She is pictured above in June 2018 after being sentenced to five years for leaking classified documents
Winner’s lawyers unsuccessfully tried to get Trump’s Justice Department to commute her sentence in February last year, saying she had ‘suffered enough’.
Her team also asked for compassionate release in April last year because they believed her asthma and eating disorder made her more susceptible to COVID-19.
Winner was arrested in June 2017 just two months after she copied a classified NSA report suggesting that Russian hackers attacked a US voting software supplier before the 2016 presidential election.
She then gave the document to online news publication The Intercept.
Her arrest came the same day the outlet published an in-depth report about Russian cyber-attacks on a US voting supplier.
Winner, who had security clearance due to her history in the Air Force, was just three months into her job at the time.
The decorated former US Air Force linguist told federal authorities that she smuggled the documents out of her office by stuffing them in her pantyhose.
Her punishment was the longest sentence ever given for a federal crime involving a leak of secret information to the news media.
She was also the first person sentenced under the Espionage Act since Trump took office.
Winner, who was a decorated former US Air Force linguist, was working as an NSA contractor with security clearance when she leaked the documents