President Donald Trump reacted Friday morning to the sentencing of Reality Winner, a former NSA contractor who is being punished for leaking a top-secret report involving the role of Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle, by criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not prosecuting his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Instead of spotlighting the nefarious role of a foreign government attempting to undermine our democracy, he had this to say:
Ex-NSA contractor to spend 63 months in jail over ‘classified’ information. Gee, this is ‘small potatoes’ compared to what Hillary Clinton did! So unfair Jeff, Double Standard.”
A federal judge sentenced US intelligence contractor Reality Winner to more than five years in prison after she admitted to leaking classified information to a media outlet. Winner pleaded guilty in June to passing the National Security Agency report to The Intercept in 2016. During a hearing in Augusta, Georgia, Judge James Hall approved her lawyer’s request for 63-month sentence followed by three additional years of supervised release.
This sentence is the longest ever given to someone for illegally disclosing government information. The judge also agreed to transfer Winner to a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
Winner has been working closely with Pluribus International Corp, a company that provides analytical data for US defense and intelligence agencies. The document she gave contained technical details describing Russian attempts to back election officials in the United States and a voting machine company immediately before the November 2016 election.
US Attorney Bobby Christine accurately describes Winner’s actions, asserting that this was not a “victimless crime,” and that Winner’s violation put our nation’s security at risk.
Winner’s mother also jumped on the bandwagon:
“Even the President of the US has voiced that this sentence is unfair,” her mother, Billie J. Winner-Davis, tweeted. “There are double standards in our justice system.”
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