Reality turns to drama in movie about Russian hacking scandal of the 2016 US election

Tina Satter on her gripping new movie about Reality Winner, the woman jailed after exposing interference in the 2016 US presidential election

Sydney Sweeney as Reality Winner in the new film about her story as a whistleblower

Paul Whitington

By May of 2017, American politics was in crisis. Donald Trump’s administration had already become a wildly divisive circus act, and suspicions were growing that the Russians had remotely meddled in the presidential election. News website The Intercept was looking for proof, and an National Security Agency (NSA) translator called Reality Winner obliged, anonymously sending them a classified report indicating Russian hackers had accessed US voter registration polls and sent targeted phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials.

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