NSA leaker Reality Winner seeks clemency, turns in thousands of letters of support

A previous National Security Agency contractor serving a five-yr prison sentence for leaking categorized paperwork about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is petitioning President Trump for an early launch.

A lawyer for Actuality Winner announced at a Monday information convention in Dallas that she had submitted 4,500 letters of assistance of her consumer to the Trump administration’s Office of the Pardon Lawyer.

“Our state was attacked by a hostile overseas electricity,” legal professional Alison Grinter reported, as the Intercept reported. “Our national therapeutic system are not able to begin until we forgive our fact-tellers and get started the task of rebuilding what was taken from us: election protection, accountability for all those who endeavor to undermine our democracy and safeguarding the American suitable to government by and for the people today. None of this can start in earnest although we are even now punishing individuals who notify us the fact.”

Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner is asking for early release in the middle of her five-year prison sentence for leaking classified documents to the media on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

Former National Protection Agency contractor Actuality Winner is inquiring for early launch in the middle of her five-yr prison sentence for leaking categorized paperwork to the media on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 
(Justice Department, File)

Winner was arrested in 2017 and charged below the Espionage Act for taking away categorised product from a authorities facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in accordance to the Justice Department.

The arrest came soon after the Intercept revealed a June 2017 tale detailing how Russian hackers attacked voting software and engaged in electronic mail “spear-phishing” attacks against local election officials at the conclusion of October or starting of November 2016.

Winner, an Air Power veteran, labored as a contractor for the NSA with a Major Secret clearance with Pluribus Worldwide Corporation at a federal facility in Ga. She printed out a sheet of paper with categorised data and mailed it to the information outlet, the Justice Division claimed.

She was handed down her five-12 months jail sentence in August 2018 following admitting to violating the Espionage Act. Her petition famous that she was not doing the job with a overseas entity to conspire against her state, sought no compensation and acted only out of a motivation to tell the general public.

Just after her sentencing, Trump tweeted it was “‘small potatoes’ in contrast to what Hillary Clinton did!”

The petition said that Winner’s “ongoing incarceration is expensive, unwanted to protect the general public, burdensome to her wellbeing and wellbeing, and not commensurate with the severity of her offense.”

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It emphasized Winner’s armed forces assistance and that she did not get enough health-related treatment in prison for depression, anxiousness and her having ailment, the Intercept claimed. She was diagnosed with bulimia all through her stint as a cryptologist translating the intercepted communications of terror suspects in a drone program, the outlet included.

The Justice Division did not immediately answer to Fox News’ ask for for comment.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.