Alleged leaker's parents fear Trump will be tough on case

A 25-year-old United States government contractor, Reality Leigh Winner, was accused by authorities of leaking the NSA report and charged with mishandling classified information.

NBC News confirmed through a "senior federal official" that Reality Leigh Winner, the DOJ's suspect, was the leaker who gave the NSA document to The Intercept.

Victor remains in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, said the lawyer, adding that he expects the government will seek to keep her behind bars pending trial. The website The Intercept reported Monday that it had obtained a classified National Security Agency report dated May 5 suggesting Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election.

The Intercept, which is not named in the DOJ documents, contacted the government on May 30 to authenticate the documents that was allegedly given to them by victor - who they credited as an anonymous source.

A USA intelligence contractor has been charged with leaking classified National Security Agency material about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

A former U.S. Air Force linguist was charged with passing a top-secret document to the media in the first arrest of its kind since President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on government workers who illegally leak information.

"She called me on Saturday afternoon, and she told me she was in trouble", Davis said. "I am so scared", her mother said.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the charge Reality Leigh Winner is facing. "The Intercept has no knowledge of the identity of the source", Siu said.

According to her parents, victor never discussed her work as a defense contractor and would have known the consequences of her actions. "She is a victor", Gary said. "I never termed her as a political activist at all, ever".

Talk about leaving a trail of breadcrumbs right to your door.

In the days after her arrest, reports emerged that victor was part of the "Resistance" movement and had ties to Muslim civil rights' groups. New evidence from a leaked intelligence document suggests that foreign adversaries are exploring ways to attack it anyway.

Her expertise was translating languages spoken in Afghanistan, her family said, and she served six years in the U.S. Air Force as a cryptologic language analyst.

On social media, victor mostly shared glimpses into her life far removed from politics - such as watching Doctor Who with her cat and serving her family a vegetarian meal of barbecued jackfruit.

Roughly four months ago, she wrote a Facebook post that was critical of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.

The information in the leaked document seems to go further than the US intelligence agencies' January assessment of the hacking that occurred. "People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. Kip Grosenick reported from Augusta, Georgia.

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