Contractor charged with leaking NSA info on Russian hacking

Contractor charged with leaking NSA info on Russian hacking
Posted at 7:23 PM, Jun 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-05 15:46:01-04

(RNN) - A federal contractor with top security clearance faces charges after allegedly leaking classified information to an online media outlet, the Justice Department announced Monday. 

Reality Leigh Winner is accused of "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet." Winner, 25, is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia.

The document Winner allegedly linked is the one used as the basis for an article that ran Monday in The Intercept, which detailed a classified NSA memo, CNN reports. The May 5 NSA report details a 2016 Russian military cyberattack on a US voting software supplier. There is no evidence that votes were affected by the hack. 

Winner admitted to intentionally leaking the classified document when confronted with the allegations, prosecutors said. She was arrested June 3 in Augusta, GA.  The complaint states an internal audit showed that Winner was one of six people who printed the document, but she was the only one who had email contact with the news outlet. 

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