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Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor who pleaded guilty to leaking classified information, has been released from federal prison.
“I am thrilled to announce that Reality Winner has been released from prison,” her lawyer Alison Grinter Allen tweeted Monday. “She is still in custody in the residential reentry process, but we are relieved and hopeful.”
In August 2018, a federal court sentenced Winner to 63 months in prison for leaking to The Intercept a classified NSA document about the Russian government’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 elections.
Although Winner had petitioned former President Trump for clemency in February 2020, Allen said she was released because of “time earned from exemplary behavior while incarcerated,” not from a pardon or compassionate release process