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In a move that will likely have a chilling effect for potential whistleblowers and journalistic sources, Reality Winner has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for leaking US government documents regarding Russian attempts to hack voter registration databases and election officials. Prosecutors said it was the longest sentence ever given for providing classified information to the media.

Worried about whether US elections are vulnerable to outside interference? On Wednesday, tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google testified that their platforms were used to spread Russian misinformation and propaganda to millions of potential voters in 2016. But here's a case that illustrates how the struggling technical systems that run elections on a local level could be just as much of a concern in the future as well.

Russian actors spent tens of thousands of dollars on Google ads meant to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Citing employees "familiar" with Google's internal investigations, the Post reports that these ads, which appeared on Gmail and YouTube, "do not appear to be from the same... troll farm that bought ads on Facebook".

The election in Germany over the weekend saw the rise of the country's nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, the first time in decades that a far-right group has won seats in German parliament. It also marked Facebook's first real election security test since the company has fully come to terms with the widespread political misinformation on its platform.