NSA leak suspect victor remains in local custody in Georgia

The parents of a US government contractor charged with leaking classified documents to a news organization insist she's not a flight risk and should be released from jail before her trial.

Yesterday, 25-year-old federal contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested for providing classified information from the National Security Agency to The Intercept. In two May tweets, Trump said that he ordered officials "to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community" and that leaks had been "deeply troubling".

Garrick's affidavit said he interviewed victor at her home Saturday and she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the news outlet.

It was yet another twist on the trail of Russian meddling in US politics that stretches back well into a year ago, from the controversy over leaked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign to ongoing investigations into meetings involving President Trump's advisers.

Her stepfather, Gary Davis, added that the treatment of victor is "disheartening". Fort Meade is also where the NSA is based.

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"On or about May 24, 2017, a reporter for the News Outlet (the "Reporter") contacted another U.S. Government Agency affiliate with whom he has a prior relationship". "The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security".

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the pages appeared "folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space".

Government agents identified victor after The Intercept contacted a government agency and subsequently shared the leaked intelligence document, which showed that the pages appeared to be creased after being printed out. "Approximately a few days later, victor unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet".

Was there some way that The Intercept could have hidden Winner's identity? A second USA official confirmed The Intercept document was authentic and did not dispute that the charges were directly tied to it.

"I think they're going to try to make an example out of her because of the political climate right now", Winner-Davis said.

"She taught first class at my studio in January", Adams said.

"This heroic young woman put her life on the line for USA and this is how we repay her", wrote Cherie Fazekas. It depicted a hacking operation tied closely to Moscow's GRU intelligence directorate that targeted private U.S. companies providing voter registration services and equipment to local governments.

According to CNN's Pete Williams, Ken Dilanian and Tom Winter, the "online News Outlet" was The Intercept, and the leaked information described new details about Russian efforts to hack voting systems in the U.S a week prior to the 2016 presidential election.

The document does not suggest the cyber attack changed votes, according to The Intercept report, but "raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with some disconcertingly uncertain results".

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