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Former NSA contractor Reality Winner facing 'longest sentence' for leak to media

Former NSA contractor Reality Winner facing 'longest sentence' for leak to media

A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing.

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, who was once stationed in Maryland, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23 by U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall in Augusta. She pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information when she worked in Augusta as a translator at an NSA facility.

Winner's plea deal with prosecutors calls for imprisonment of five years and three months. But the sentencing judge isn't...

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