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Leaker of classified report on Russian hacking gets 5 years

A former government contractor sentenced to more than five years in prison for mailing a classified U.S. report to a news organization has received what prosecutors are calling the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.

Reality Winner, 26, pleaded guilty in June to a single count of transmitting national security information. The sentence handed down Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall was in line with a plea agreement between Winner's defense team and prosecutors, who recommended she serve five years and three months behind bars.

The former Air Force translator had worked as a contractor at a National Security...

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