The real-life Reality Winner, who is the subject of the film, began her career as a member of the United States Air Force from 2010 to 2016. Able to speak several languages, Winner would go on to win the Air Force Commendation Medal for aiding the air force with her translation abilities. After an honorable discharge and a failed attempt to gain employment at NGOs overseas, she would eventually be hired by Pluribus International Corporation where she would translate documents related to Iran’s aerospace program. This is where Winner would discover the confidential documents she would later leak to The Intercept. Winner would later be arrested and agree to a plea deal with a sentence of five years and three months.