Federal contractor arrested for leaking classified intelligence to ‘The Intercept’
The Department of Justice on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Reality Leigh Winner, a federal contractor from Georgia, on charges of removing classified information and disseminating it to the Intercept, NBC News reports.
NBC News: Senior federal official says that Reality Leigh Winner, age 25, has been arrested & charged with leaking document to The Intercept
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 5, 2017
Reality Winner, arrested for alleged classified leak, is a former US Air Force linguist who speaks Pashto, Farsi & Dari, her mother tells me pic.twitter.com/SQjt13wRw6
— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) June 5, 2017
According to the complaint, Winner, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation, held Top Secret security clearance at a U.S. government facility. She allegedly printed classified information and sent it to an online news organization. Per the DOJ, she admitted to the offense while the FBI executed a search warrant at her home.
As the Washington Post’s Mark Berman reported, the information aligns with a bombshell report published Monday by the Intercept. According to that article Russia “targeted at least one U.S. voting software supplier” in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Both the Intercept report and the FBI’s affidavit reference a May 5 report.
DOJ files charges against contractor for leaking a May 5 report pic.twitter.com/dc9X5at24b
— Mark Berman (@markberman) June 5, 2017
In a statement to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza on Monday, the Intercept insisted they have no knowledge as to the identity of the source.
From @theintercept: “the NSA document was provided to us anonymously. The Intercept has no knowledge of the identity of the source.”
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) June 5, 2017
Read the full FBI affidavit here.