US contractor arrested after leak of Russia hacking report
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 9:27
The top-secret information was an NSA report from May 5, which was first released to The Intercept, detailing Russian hackers trying to compromise USA officials less than two weeks before Election Day in November.
That's a lesson warranting the attention of not only secret agents and investigative reporters, but businesses exchanging documents with clients, vendors, or competitors.
Pluribus International, which is based in Alexandria, Virginia, specializes in providing support services to the federal government's defense, security and intelligence communities, according to the company's website.
Investigators rely on all kinds of prints to find suspects - fingerprints, footprints and, in Reality Winner's arrest, invisible prints.
Winner's attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, declined to confirm whether she is accused of leaking the NSA report received by The Intercept.
A trail of printing slipups led the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday to Winner's home, where they arrested the former Air Force linguist.
The FBI's court filing further alleges that The Intercept, unnamed in the affidavit, provided the government agency, presumably the NSA, with a copy of the leaked document to verify its authenticity prior to publication.
Winner-Davis described her daughter as "passionate" about her beliefs.
According to the leaked report, the NSA wasn't sure if the hackers' eventual goal of gaining access to local election officials' computers was successful, the Intercept reported. Investigators then discovered that victor had emailed the Intercept from her work computer.
All that suggests that, if indeed she is the leaker, victor could have taken more steps to cover her tracks.
Libby was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, though he avoided prison time because President George W. Bush commuted his sentence. "We don't have evidence that that happened", he said, "but that's a very real possibility". She is reportedly fluent in Farsi, Dari and Pashto. She had been working at an unidentified government facility in Georgia "since on or about February 13" and held a top secret security clearance, according to authorities.
WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange called on the public to support victor, adding that the young woman is "accused of courage in trying to help us know". In a statement reacting to the charges brought by the Justice Department, The Intercept denies any knowledge of the identity of the person who provided the document.
To decode the pattern, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has set up a handy tool to do just that, as part of its campaign to highlight the fact that this practice takes place.
The 25-year-old Texas-raised, Georgia resident doesn't like U.S. President Donald Trump. "Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government. It transfers over to her contract wherever she goes, in this case apparently the NSA".
"Just because you see something that is classified, you can't just hand that out like it's candy", said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Her mother said she called last Sunday needing help finding her cat and her dog, as well.