US contractor arrested after leak of Russia hacking report

Before she was accused of mailing classified information to a media outlet, Reality Winner was a Texas-raised linguist, yoga instructor and animal lover who regularly took to social media to blast President Donald Trump.

The NSA leak came just three days ahead of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's expected testimony Thursday before a Senate committee looking into the matter.

According to reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said in its affidavit that victor "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the News Outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents".

CNN reported that victor, who had worked at a government facility outside Augusta since February 13, had top secret security clearance.

On June 3, victor was arrested on charges of leaking top-secret intelligence about an NSA report on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election to The Intercept.

The NSA opened a facility in Augusta in 2012 at Fort Gordon, a US Army outpost.

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Court documents accuse victor of mailing a classified report written on or about May 5 to an unnamed news organization. Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government. This allowed the organization to detect creases in the pages, "suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secure space", and hinting that the source was an insider.

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Reality Winner is making headlines for being the first person the Trump administration has charged with leaking classified information. He said the agency that housed the report was able to identify only six people - including victor - who were privy to the report in the NSA's Georgia facility and had access to the document. The Intercept said some material was withheld at US intelligence agencies' request because it wasn't "clearly in the public interest". Intercept said its story was based on "a highly classified intelligence report" that had been provided anonymously to the group and had been "independently authenticated".

CNN has reached out to Pluribus International to ask if it was aware of Winner's Twitter account. The Intercept said it never knew the identity of the document's source in a Tuesday morning statement.

"My client has no (criminal) history, so it's not as if she has a pattern of having done anything like this before", Nichols said in a phone interview Monday.

The Intercept is a three-year-old online publication focused on national security and surveillance. The company provides "leading edge capabilities" in cyber, electronic warfare and computer network attack, the website says.

According to the NSA report, one supplier of voting software was cyberattacked by Russian military intelligence and more than 100 election officials were sent suspicious, deceptive emails days before the general election in November.

The NSA report that victor is accused of leaking to The Intercept alleged that Russian military intelligence officials sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local voting officials in the days leading up to the election.

Pluribus is owned by Nathan McCarry, who's also the chief executive officer, according to his LinkedIn page.

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