Accused leaker shared harsh opinions on Trump before arrest

Winner's attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, declined to confirm whether she is accused of leaking the NSA report received by The Intercept.

An hour later, Augusta-based NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and charged under the Espionage Act with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information.

The National Security Agency report said Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one US supplier of voting software and sent deceptive emails to more than 100 local election officials in the days leading up to the election last November - a sign that Moscow's hacking may have penetrated further into voting systems than previously known. She served six years in the Air Force before she moved to Georgia early this year, according to her mother, Billie Winner-Davis.

Reality Winner is a good old gal who likes guns, yoga and animals. But the secretive nature of her job didn't stop victor from speaking freely on politics and other topics on social media accounts accessible to anyone. She has admitted to mailing the document and is in jail ahead of her trial.

The five page document says VR Systems was hacked by someone opening a Microsoft document that allowed intruders to set up email accounts and contact the election vendor's clients.

A post from late May about how Winner's dog kisses her while she is on the couch has now turned into a place for commenters to make comments about Winner's sex life.

According to a DOJ press release, the FBI arrested victor at her home on Saturday, and she appeared in federal court in Augusta, Georgia on Monday.

"How in the world are we going to be able to prepare for the election as a country and then by each individual state if we don't have that information out there?" she asked.

Victor is an Air Force veteran who served as a linguist, a job that requires a security clearance.

Davis said victor volunteered with Athletes Serving Athletes and helped foster abused animals.

According to court documents, the unidentified news outlet provided the government with a copy of the leaked document prior to the publication of its report. Victor asked if her mother and stepfather, who live in Texas, would travel to Georgia to help feed her cat.

People protest the National Security Agency in Washington in 2014. At the request of the government, recent model color printers automatically leave a unique stamp on the documents they produce. "The same is true of the FBI's claims about how it came to arrest Winner", The Intercept said in a statement on its website. "I think that's a valid question to ask", Warner said. The Associated Press has not independently verified the authenticity of the report, although its apparent leaker, an NSA contract worker, was arrested last weekend in Georgia.

  • Zachary Reyes