Reality Winner movie premieres at 2023 Berlin International Film Festival
A movie about a former Georgia government contractor premiered Saturday at the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin.
Directed by Tina Satter, the movie, “Reality,” is based on true events surrounding Reality Leigh Winner of Augusta, who admitted to leaking classified documents about the Russians and the presidential election in 2017.
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According to the film festival’s website, Winner is played by Actress Sydney Sweeney. Sweeney is best known for her roles in the HBO series “Euphoria” and “White Lotus.”
Festival officials said the movie begins when two men arrive at Winner’s home in Augusta and tell her they have a search warrant. The film then focuses on the interrogation of Winner and the search of her home.
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In 2018, Winner plead guilty to leaking classified documents detailing Russian attempts to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.
At the time, Winner read a prepared statement acknowledging that she knowingly and willingly accessed classified information, took it out of a secured facility, and mailed it to The Intercept, an online news outlet that, in turn, asked the FBI to confirm the authenticity of the documents.
In August 2018, Winner was sentenced to five and a half years in prison, the longest sentence ever imposed on someone convicted of leaking information to the press.
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