Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example

Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for sending classified material to a news organization, poses in a picture posted to her Instagram account.

In legal documents, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent stated that victor had admitted to printing the classified information and mailing it to an online news outlet.

In court, federal prosecutors said victor told a federal agent on Saturday that she purposely accessed the information, hoping that someone would have leaked it already, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported. She has been jailed in Lincoln County, Georgia.

He says additional factors will play a role in whether or not she will be released such as her ties to the community, statements gathered from friends and family as well as previous employment history.

The document 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". The NSA report was dated May 5, the same as the document victor is charged with leaking. Authorities are looking at two laptops, a tablet and four cellphones seized from Winner's home as well as spiral-bound notebooks. But the Justice Department didn't announce her arrest until Monday - the same day The Intercept published a report on the document.

The charge victor faces carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Based on Winner's background, she appeared to be an unlikely suspect.

Reality Leigh Winner makes the first ever criminal leak case in the era of Donald J. Trump's presidency.

"This is a 25-year-old girl who served her country with admiration and distinction", Davis said.

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Victor is accused of "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", according to a federal complaint.

The FBI said unauthorized disclosure of the secret document "could reasonably result in exceptionally grave damage to the national security", though the government has not alleged that victor sought to share the report with foreign agents.

Winner also has a Twitter account under the alias Sara Winners - although she had a visible profile photo of herself - where she was repeatedly critical of President Trump.

Winner's mother, Billie-Jean Davis, said she's anxious the Trump administration - which has been focused on shutting down the constant stream of leaks - is going to try to make an example of her.

"Whether that's a jest or not, it still concerns me", Epps said.

The attorney added that federal agents were examining whether victor may have allegedly stolen other classified information while working with the NSA. She took the job after serving for six years in the Air Force where she obtained top secret clearance while working as a linguist, specializing in languages of the Middle East. Her attorney maintains she is not a flight risk.

The hackers are believed to have then used data from that operation to create a new email account to launch a spear-phishing campaign targeting USA local government organisations, the document said. The Intercept said some material was withheld at United States intelligence agencies' request because it wasn't "clearly in the public interest".

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