Leaks

Reality Winner pleads guilty to leaking

Reality Winner in an orange, prison jumpsuit heading into a white van
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Former Air Force linguist Reality Winner pleaded guilty to illegally disclosing classified information on Tuesday as part of a deal which gives her 63 months in prison— she was the first leak case in the Trump administration.

Flashback: Winner leaked top secret details on Russia hacking during the 2016 presidential election to reporters at the Intercept. The Obama administration prosecuted 9 or 10 different "leakers," according to the New York Times, which was twice as many as the total number of leak-related cases beforehand combined.

Inside the State Department's hunt for leakers

State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks at a podium while Mike Pompeo watches from behind
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert during a press event. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Mike Pompeo’s senior aides are hunting for leakers inside the State Department after the new secretary of state became infuriated about several recent news stories.

Behind the scenes: State spokesperson Heather Nauert held a public affairs meeting to discuss the leaks several weeks ago in the aftermath of an Associated Press article that confirmed Brett McGurk — a Special Presidential Envoy appointed under former President Obama — was staying on an additional six months. This meeting has been leaked to Axios.