Woman accused of leak made pro-environment, anti-Trump posts
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 5:24
Reality Leigh Winner, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, has been charged by the Department of Justice for leaking classified information on a 2016 Russian military intelligence cyberattack to The Intercept, an online news outlet. "And she felt like she needed to give them what they were asking for at the time", Winner-Davis said.
Victor was a contractor for Pluribus International Corporation and held a top-secret security clearance.
Court documents allege that victor printed out the NSA report and hand-carried it out of a secure facility.
Goitein said you can debate whether Winner's alleged leak was sensible, but "to put her on par with Aldrich Ames" - a Central Intelligence Agency mole who aided Russian Federation in the 1980s and '90s - "seems clearly wrongheaded".
A lawyer said that victor has "no criminal history". She is accused of removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.
That will not bode well for victor. Ryan Grim, one of reporters who wrote the story, told NPR's Morning Edition that the news site received the document from an unknown sender. And this was a document that detailed the Russian efforts to penetrate the USA election system, provides lots of specifics on the details trying to get into a company that makes election software, mailing emails to local election official.
The classified report alleged Russian hackers targeted a voter software company and more than 100 local election officials ahead of November's vote.
SIEGEL: You've said that Reality Winner printed out this document.
The file that victor allegedly leaked provides new insight into what the NSA concluded were attempts by Russian to meddle in the United States' election infrastructure.
Court documents accuse victor of mailing a classified report written on or about May 5 to an unnamed news organization. "They're going to pay a big price for leaking".
"Reality Winner leaked information about a reality denier to try to influence the election to support a reality host who is detached from reality". She is scheduled to appear before a federal judge Thursday for a detention hearing.
The obvious question becomes: What was victor, a U.S. Air Force veteran with no criminal convictions, thinking?
He also declined to name the federal agency for which victor worked, saying only that she is a "very good person" with no criminal history.
Perhaps she thought it would be forgiven as a political statement, but she's charged under the Espionage Act.
However, The New York Times this week reported that conventional leak cases have typically resulted in prison terms of one to three years.
The possible price of leaking is well known, yet it is consistently true that some government workers and contractors are willing to take risks to publicize information that they believe the public ought to know.
They then deduced that the document had been sent by mail and further determined that six people had access to the document.
Winner's attorney, Titus Nichols, referred questions about the significance of what was seized to the federal government.
Victor is now behind bars facing federal charges, but will be back in the Augusta Federal Courthouse building on Thursday for a hearing. "They took her by surprise".
Authorities found that only victor had made email contact with The Intercept. We can not compound that mistake by allowing her to plead guilty to a lesser charge and receive a slap on the wrist for abusing her Top Secret clearance and taking it upon herself to decide what highly classified information should be shared with the press.
"Because the NSA logs all printing jobs on its printers, it can use this to match up precisely who printed the document".