UPDATE: Georgia woman who leaked secret report sentenced

UPDATE: Georgia woman who leaked secret report sentenced
Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2018 at 11:12 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, GA (WALB) - A Georgia woman who pleaded guilty to mailing a secret U.S. report to a news organization was sentenced to more than five years Thursday.

Ex-National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner was sentenced to 63 months by a federal judge in Augusta.

The sentence was in line with what was recommended by prosecutors, who said that would be the longest sentence ever given for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media.

In court, Winner apologized and acknowledged that what she did was wrong.

The 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor was charged last year with copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.

Winner pleaded guilty June 26 to transmitting national security information.

Authorities didn't describe the leaked document. Winner's arrest was announced the same day online news outlet The Intercept reported on a classified NSA report on Russian hackers and the 2016 election.

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