NSA Contractor Reality Winner Arrested for Leaking Classified Info to The Intercept

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A federal contractor identified as Reality Winner was arrested for leaking classified information to The Intercept. According to the criminal complaint, she was charged with “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793(e).”

Reality Winner, who was arrested by the FBI at her Georgia home on June, 3, made her first appearance in federal court in Augusta on Monday afternoon. She was a “contractor with Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a U.S. government agency facility in Georgia,” according to a statement from the Justice Department.

The complaint states Winner has been employed at the facility “on or about February 13” and “held a Top Secret clearance during that time.” “On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it. Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”

The Intercept: “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election.”

“The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort against elements of the U.S. election and voting infrastructure. The report, dated May 5, 2017, is the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light.”

Axios: “The NSA leaves no room for doubt for who carried out the attack by pointing the finger at Russian military intelligence — specifically, the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). That stands in stark contrast to Putin’s denial that Russia has ever engaged in hacking the U.S. election at the state level.”