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A U.S. Air Force veteran charged with espionage, allegedly for leaking information about Russian hacking of state election systems in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, has reached a plea deal with the U.S. Justice Department.

After spending a year and 18 days in jail without bond awaiting trial, Reality Winner has agreed to change her not guilty plea to a federal espionage charge, according to the public docket in the Southern District of Georgia.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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