The former National Security Agency contractor who was sentenced to more than five years in prison for leaking classified documents says she "deeply regrets" leaking government secrets.
Reality Winner, 26, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on August 23, the longest sentence ever imposed for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.
President Donald Trump has gone to Twitter to express his sympathy for his "unfair" sentence, calling it "small potatoes" compared to "what Hillary Clinton did."
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Former NSA contractor Reality Winner, 26, says she "deeply" regrets having leaked a government document to a media outlet in 2017, for which she was sentenced to 63 months in prison on August 23, before entering To the court.
His sentence is the longest in history for a federal crime related to leaks to the media. The photo came to Augusta, the Georgian court on August 23 with a New Testament Bible in hand.
She shared a peace sign with reporters after her sentencing on August 23. On Thursday he thanked President Trump for tweeting that his punishment was "so unfair".
& # 39; Former NSA contractor will spend 63 months in jail for information & # 39; & # 39; classified & # 39; & # 39; Wow, this is "small potatoes" compared to what Hillary Clinton did! So unfair Jeff, Double Standard, & Trump tweeted on Friday.
For Winner, the president's words are a "breath of fresh air," he said in a telephone interview from the Lincoln County Jail to CBS.
"Until Friday, you know, even our commander in chief, President Trump, has come out and said:" Wait a moment, this is really unfair, here is this double standard. "And that's why I can not thank you enough because for 16 months those words "so unfair" were not allowed by me or by my team or by my family to say them in public, "he said.
"So I can not thank him enough to finally say what everyone has been thinking for 16 months," he added.
One day after his sentencing, Trump tweeted that his time in jail was so unfair & # 39; and his crime was & # 39; small potatoes & # 39; in comparison & # 39; with what Hillary Clinton did & # 39;
On Thursday Winner said: "I just can not thank you enough to finally say what everyone has been thinking for 16 months." Trump is represented yesterday
"I do not like to assume anything that's going on in his head, but the" little potatoes "were a breath of fresh air, it really made me laugh, it reminded me and my own family, we tried to make a joke of it all. We laugh every day no matter how bad things get, and it really gave the thing a complete sense of humor because it's pretty weird, "he said.
Winner was the first person to be sentenced under the Trump Espionage Act.
He pleaded guilty to a single charge of transmitting national security information to print a classified report at an NSA office in Augusta, Georgia, where he worked as a contractor and stuffed it into pantyhose.
Subsequently, he mailed the document, which is believed to detail the Russian government's efforts to penetrate a Florida-based voting software provider to the Intercept online news program.
The former Air Force translator was seen coming to court for his sentence last week in an orange prison jumpsuit with his hands cuffed and grabbing the New Testament from the Bible, smiling as he entered.
When asked if he regretted Thursday's leak, he said: "Yes, deeply."
The publication to which he leaked the document has recognized her as a "whistleblower" and condemns her harsh sentence.