Federal contractor Reality L. Winner arrested for leaking classified NSA intel to news outlet

On Monday, the Washington Examiner reported that 25-year-old federal contractor Reality Leigh Winner, of Augusta, Ga., was arrested for allegedly leaking a classified National Security Agency document to a news outlet in May.

According to the Examiner:

The charges against Reality Leigh Winner came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting systems in 2016.

President Trump has been pushing Justice to go after leakers inside the federal government, which he has identified as “the big story” when it comes to Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Winner’s arrest could signal the federal government is going to aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who send classified intelligence to news organizations.

Trump and other Republican allies in Washington have made pursuing leakers one of their top priorities, but Winner is the first to face charges for releasing classified intelligence.

The Examiner added:

The announcement came shortly after The Intercept published a report based on a classified intelligence document showing Russian government hackers attempted to hack more than 100 local election officials before the November election.

According to the report, Russian military intelligence sent the emails to local elections officials. They also attempted a cyberattack on at least one American voting software supplier.

The Justice Department didn’t confirm that Winner leaked the document to The Intercept, but the report stated the report received by the news outlet was dated May 5. The affidavit confirms the intelligence document was also dated on May 5.

There’s more.  It turns out that Winner repeatedly attacked the president on social media, referring to him in words we can’t use here:

She also appears to be a big fan of leftists like Bill Maher and Michael Moore.  Of course, she has a right to express whatever opinion she wants, but it seems her liberalism and hatred of Trump came ahead of her obligations as a federal employee with a top secret security clearance.

Winner, the Examiner said, is still under investigation.


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