The details in the case suggest that she is the source for the Intercept's report on Monday about a May 5 NSA intelligence report that describes two cyberattacks carried out by Russian government hackers against a USA voting software supplier before the 2016 election.
Then there's Harold Martin, also formerly of Booz Allen Hamilton, who was accused of systematically stealing secrets from the NSA for two decades after authorities say they discovered highly classified documents in his auto and a shed in his backyard. "She's only 25 years old". She said that during one of her jailhouse phone calls, which were recorded, victor said she planned to "play that card: being pretty, white and cute".
- Victor is a federal contractor with top secret security clearance.
Less than a month ago, victor removed top-secret information and gave it to an online publication.
From there it didn't take long for Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify a handful of people who had printed out the materials, including victor.
Investigators say they were able to track victor by observing that the document leaked to The Intercept appeared to be folded, which led them to believe it had been printed out. "The same is true of the FBI's claims about how it came to arrest victor".
The Justice Department announced on Monday that Reality Leigh Winner, who worked with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, was arrested for "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet".
If Winner is found guilty, she faces up to 10 years behind bars and up to a $250,000 fine.
Court documents do not explicitly name the site; however, two national security officials have told NPR that the cases are connected. Many of these accounts claim to be run by agency employees unhappy with the Trump administration. (Our attempts to reach reach Winner's family Tuesday were unsuccessful).
Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told media outlets that she was in shock. She was arrested Saturday.
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Winner posted under a pseudonym, Sara Winners, but didn't seem concerned with concealing her identity, as she used a photo of herself as a profile picture and posted a selfie in February.
In her interview with NBC News, her mother said she has "difficulty believing that she actually did what they're saying that she did".
Steve Hall, former Central Intelligence Agency chief of Russia operations, said that while leaks are part of the tensions in an open society, they could tip off the Russians to protect themselves better next time. Let's fix the pipes meant to bring water, sans lead or pollutants, to our citizens before we build pipes meant to benefit big oil and poison the land.
Her case came "totally out of left field", said her stepfather, Gary Davis, who arrived in Georgia from Texas in recent days.
In this June 6, 2017 image made from video, Billie Winner-Davis, left, the mother of Reality Leigh Winner, and her stepfather Gary Davis, speak to media about their daughter in east Augusta, Ga. "And she felt like she needed to give them what they were asking for at the time".
"She's my victor", Davis said.
"She still continued to serve after she got out of the Air Force".
The Department of Justice said victor has admitted to the accusations. Until Winner has a trial or enters a plea arrangement then the outcome is to be determined.
In an affidavit, an FBI special agent said the bureau was contacted last Thursday about the classified document; by Saturday, the special agent said he had interviewed victor and that she had admitted to leaking the intelligence. For this act, she has been charged with violating the Espionage Act-a World War I era law meant for spies-which explicitly forbids the jury from hearing why the defendant acted, and bars them from deciding whether the outcome was to the public's benefit.
"I think they're going to try to make an example out of her because of the political climate right now", Winner-Davis said. A list of documents that were seized from her was shared online by the DOJ.