FILE - Reality Winner, accused of leaking a secret report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, is seen in a June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office.
FILE - Reality Winner, accused of leaking a secret report on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, is seen in a June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office.

A Georgia woman who leaked a secret report on Russian hacking of U.S. voting systems could get a tough sentence.
 
Reality Winner was preparing to face a judge Thursday in Augusta, Georgia. Prosecutors recommended five years and three months, which would be the longest sentence ever given for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media.
 
The 26-year-old former National Security Agency contractor pleaded guilty in June to copying a classified U.S. report and mailing it to an unidentified news organization.
 
Her arrest was announced the same day The Intercept reported on a secret NSA document. It detailed Russian government efforts to penetrate a Florida-based supplier of voting software and the accounts of election officials ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
 
U.S. intelligence agencies later confirmed Russian meddling.