A 25-year-old government contractor with top secret security clearance was arrested and charged for taking classified national defense information and leaking it.
The US Justice Department announced on Monday that Reality Leigh Winner “admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue despite not having a ‘need to know.’” Winner also acknowledged that she knew the materials she had shared were classified, the DOJ said.
The announcement comes shortly after The Intercept published a report based on a classified intelligence document showing Russian government hackers attempted to hack more than 100 local election officials before the November election.
According to the report, Russian military intelligence sent the emails to local elections officials. They also attempted a cyber attack on at least one American voting software supplier.
The Justice Department didn’t confirm that Winner leaked the document to The Intercept, but the report stated the report received by the news outlet was dated May 5. According to the Justice Department release, Winner printed and removed the classified document on May 9.
Winner worked for Pluribus International Corporation and was assigned to a government facility in Georgia. She’s held a Top Secret classified security clearance since being hired on Feb. 13.
The Pluribus International Corporation employee stole classified information “on or about May 9,” according to the DOJ’s statement.
The illegally shared material was described as national defense information originating from an intelligence agency. She mailed the information to an unspecified news outlet a few days later, the Justice Department added.
The FBI ran the investigation by obtaining and executing a search warrant of Winner’s residence, according to the release. According to a legal affidavit, the special agent who deposed to the court is currently “assigned to investigate counterintelligence and espionage matters.”
“Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said.
“People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation,” Rosenstein added.
US President Donald Trump has been outspoken about his desire to see “LEAKERS” identified and brought to justice. It remains to be seen whether Trump will be satisfied or dismayed that the leaker is a Winner.
A Hardcore Leftard
Her past times includes bashing President Donald Trump on Social Media. Winner called Donald Trump a “piece of shit” in a February post on the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.
Here she is on Twitter calling President Trump a C*nt for banning White Helmets terrorists to come to the Oscars.
— Sara Winners (@Reezlie) January 30, 2017