WORTH (1080 KRLD)- The Alice, Texas native who was the number one leak
target of the previous administration is out of prison.
Leigh Winner is a former Air Force intelligence officer. In 2017, she leaked a
document to the online publication the Intercept which showed Russian
interference in the 2016 election.
bail, Winner eventually pled guilty to a charge filed under the
espionage act and was given five years and three months in federal
prison. Her attorney Alison Grinter Allen says "we really need to start
forgiving our truth tellers, and a pardon for Reality Winner is a salve
to the entire public, and it says we are going to take election
security very seriously and we are going to protect the people that tell
the American people the truth."
She has been transferred to a halfway house in South Texas. Her family was able to pick her up from prison and drive her there.
Grinter Allen says Winner's time in Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth was very difficult.
was in lockdown throughout covid and contracted the virus. "Reality
was maintained at a level above what her normal Bureau of Prisons status
would indicate because the system treated her special. She was in a
national security detail. She never made it to lesser restrictive parts
of the prison. When a normal release time came up we were nervous they
would refuse to grant that because of her special status."
Her sentence is set to end in November.
served a longer sentence than anyone before for release of classified
information to the media. It's pretty clear to us that she was sitting
in prison basically to allay the insecurities of one man about the
validity of his election."
says their focus is on a pardon from President Biden. "She enters the
world as a convicted felon, and that puts a lot of barriers in her
way. The closest we can imagine to justice is to start dialing this back
and making it right."