Kremlin denies Russian hackers attacked US software firm
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 4:33
The Senate Intelligence Committee vice chairman has made it very clear that Russian attacks on the USA election system were even more pervasive than leaked National Security Agency documents published by The Intercept revealed.
"Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors. executed cyber espionage operations against a named USA company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions", the NSA report says, according to The Intercept.
Winner's arrest was the first for leaks of classified information under the four-month-old Trump government.
The complaint said that on Saturday, Winner told an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent she had intentionally printed classified intelligence and mailed it to a news organisation while knowing "the contents of the reporting could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation". "As long as a law like this remains on the books in a country that values fair trials, it must be resisted". "To hold a citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage us all".
The US Department of Justice said in a statement that victor printed out a classified document from her office computer on May 9 and mailed it to The Intercept. She served six years in the Air Force before she moved to Georgia early this year, according to her mother, Billie Winner-Davis. He said Moscow categorically denies "the possibility" of the Russian government being behind it. Investigators determined she was one of only six individuals to print the document in question and that she had exchanged emails with the news outlet, according to the criminal complaint. "I don't know how to explain it".
"Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors. executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions", the NSA report says, according to The Intercept.
Winner's social media presence shows her to be frequently critical of President Trump, and concerned about environmental issues.
An Instagram account that appears to belong to victor - it has a photo of victor in uniform with her last name clearly visible - is nearly entirely non-political.
Prosecutors said when confronted with the allegations, victor admitted to leaking the classified document intentionally - and she was arrested Saturday in Augusta.
Assange took to Twitter Tuesday to encourage public support for victor who, he says, is a "young woman accused of courage in trying to help us know".
The leak "threatens national security" and "undermines public faith in government", according to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
If convicted, victor faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
"Some folks say the states are victims, so they have to agree to release that information", he said.
The account "liked" tweets by Edward Snowden, Wikileaks and so-called "rogue" government accounts, as well as various journalists and politicians.
The classified National Security Agency report, which was published online by The Intercept, does not say whether the hacking had any effect on election results.
But the alleged leak of the National Security Agency document by one of the tens of thousands of private contractors to USA spy agencies, barely one month after the report was written, became the newest embarrassment for the USA intelligence community.