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- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 3:26
Neither prosecutors nor Winner's parents have identified the government agency where she worked at the time of her arrest.
Victor is now the defendant in the Trump administration's first criminal leak case, reports CBS News correspondent David Begnaud. The ones on Winner's printed page were from a Xerox DocuColor printer, and show the page was printed on 9 May 2017 at 6:20AM.
A separate affidavit by Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Justin Garrick said the government found out about the leaked documents from the news outlet that received them. "She would not, I can tell you that for certainty". According to CNN, Winner was born and raised in Texas and served in the Air Force in Columbia Maryland.
On one hand, you can't blame victor for naively believing that nothing would come of her reckless handling of national secrets; to this point, Hillary Clinton has escaped all accountability for her own, infinitely worse, dealing with classified information, except of course in the court of public opinion.
Victor "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the outlet, according to the affidavit.
The report said Russian military intelligence "executed cyber espionage operations against a named USA company in August 2016 evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions, according to information that became available in April 2017".
Reality Winner is a 25-year-old American contractor who lives in Georgia.
Winner's lawyer, Titus Nichols, said he had not yet seen any of the evidence in the case, so he could not discuss the specific accusations.
"We urge DHS and other federal law enforcement to share threat intelligence information with election officials and notify all local election officials who were targeted in the email spear-phishing campaign that is documented in the NSA report", the statement reads.
"The NSA notices that there's a fold or a crease in this document, and that tips them off that it was printed at some point", said Joseph Cox, a reporter who's been following this story for VICE's tech website Motherboard. She said Perdue's office doesn't ask about employment in routine meetings with constituents and that Winner's work as a federal contractor didn't come up then.
"She served her nation with distinguished honor. She was not expecting any of this", Winner-Davis said. Victor spent six years in the Air Force before working as a government contractor in Augusta.
Victor has a hearing Thursday and her family and attorney are hoping she will be temporarily released.
"I'm terrified. I'm terrified that she's not going to be treated fairly and that they're going to try to make an example of her and that's not fair".
Davis said she received a commendation for aiding in the deaths of more than 100 enemy combatants and more than 250 enemy captures.
Although some have accused The Intercept of making it easier for investigators to identify victor, the affidavit shows that she practiced very poor operational security.
"Repeat after me: In the United States of America, in the year 2017, access to clean, fresh, water is not a right, but a privilege based off one's socio-economic status", victor wrote. Only since Trump became President did she act.
The Department of Justice says victor admitted to taking a "top secret" intelligence document, dated May 5, which details hacking by the Russian military intelligence. Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked information about surveillance of USA citizens, continues to live in exile in Russian Federation.