Politics Reality Winner, jailed for leaking Russian hacking secrets, released from prison
Putin confirms Russian exit from overflight treaty
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill to withdraw from an international treaty allowing surveillance flights over military facilities, following the U.S. exit from the pact. The bill was endorsed by Russian lawmakers after U.S. officials told Moscow last month that President Joe Biden’s administration had decided not to reenter the Open Skies Treaty that the U.S. left under President Donald Trump. As aThe bill was endorsed by Russian lawmakers after U.S. officials told Moscow last month that President Joe Biden’s administration had decided not to reenter the Open Skies Treaty that the U.S. left under President Donald Trump.
Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency contractor who was, has been released early from prison, her lawyer said Monday.
"I am thrilled to announce that Reality Winner has been released from prison," her lawyer Alison Grinter Allen said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Winner, 29, was sentenced to more than five years in prison in 2018 after she leaked classified information about Russia's attempts to hack the 2016 presidential election to the news outlet The Intercept.that detailed the Russian government's efforts to penetrate a Florida-based voting software supplier. At the time, the sentence was the longest ever for a federal crime involving leaks to the media.
Russia's powerful Northern Fleet just got the first of a new class of submarines that has the US Navy worried
"It's something that can bring the fight to the continental US," one expert on the Russian military told InsiderKazan is the lead boat of a subclass descended from the Yasen class, the first of which, Severodvinsk, was commissioned in 2013.
Attorneys for Winner filed awith the Justice Department in February 2020, saying Winner had "suffered enough" and called on then President Donald Trump to "do the right thing."
The former NSA translator was released for good behavior and is still in custody amid the “residential reentry process,” Allen said.
“We are relieved and hopeful,” Allen wrote. “Her release is not a product of the pardon or compassionate release process, but rather time earned from exemplary behavior while incarcerated.”
While President Trump did not commute Winner’s sentence, he did say on Twitter in 2018 her punishment was “so unfair"
"Gee, this is 'small potatoes' compared to what Hillary Clinton did," Trump tweeted in 2018.
With US-Russia relations at low point, Biden, Putin each bring a wariness to Geneva summit .
When Joe Biden meets Vladimir Putin in Geneva the West's favorite geopolitical bogeyman is not likely to get the easy pass he got from Donald TrumpThree years ago this July, former President Donald Trump stood side by side with the Russian autocrat at a press conference in Finland's capital and blithely dismissed assessments from his own intelligence agencies, defense officials and American lawmakers about Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.