"There's around six people, and then they narrow it down to this Reality Winner".
Winner, who was working in the Georgia office of contractor Pluribus International, allegedly printed out a top-secret document last month and mailed it to an online news outlet, which was not named in court documents. The NSA report, dated May 5, provides details of a 2016 Russian cyberattack on a United States voting software supplier, though there is no evidence the hack affected any votes. An arrest warrant was signed Monday that accuses her of "gathering, transmitting or losing defense information". The postmark is believed to have been from Augusta, Georgia - where victor lives.
Victor posted about leaks and regularly took to social media to blast President Donald Trump, though her Twitter activity dropped off significantly after she began working for Pluribus in February.
A separate affidavit by Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Justin Garrick said the government found out about the leaked documents from the news outlet that received them.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday said the law allowing the jailing of a woman accused of leaking Top Secret documents to a news website is a threat to a free press. She was arrested Saturday, shortly after the Intercept posted a redacted version of a US intelligence document describing Russian government efforts to hack employees working at state voting agencies.
In an interview with the Daily Beast earlier that day, Billie Winner-Davis described her daughter's passion. Victor asked if her mother and stepfather, who live in Texas, would travel to Georgia to help feed her cat.
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Victor "does have an argument to make that what she did was in the public interest, but I don't know if she can convince a jury of that", Kennedy said.
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.
Victor has been in local custody since her arrest and is expected to be taken into formal federal custody on Thursday. "She is a victor", Gary said. "She's going to be made an example of". The photos on @reezlie are dedicated to Winner's love for CrossFit, yoga, vegetarian food and her pets, with rare references to listening to Ron Paul's podcast or supporting protesters at Standing Rock fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A Twitter account with the same username, by contrast, is nearly entirely political. She did use her Facebook page to speak freely about politics, including some scathing opinions on President Donald Trump. Some media analysts say the journalists were careless at best. It's an invisible watermark that contains metadata like the date and time of printing and the printer used.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday described the Espionage Act as "a fundamental threat to the free press" and demanded the US release victor on bail, pending trial.
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