Accused leaker shared harsh opinions on Trump before arrest

by Abel Hampton June 7, 2017, 11:58
Accused leaker shared harsh opinions on Trump before arrest

Victor was formally charged by the Justice Department with removing and mailing classified material to a news outlet on Monday.

A federal contractor has been arrested following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one USA voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election.

She faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of transmitting national defense documents without authorization. This undated photo provided by the National Security Agency (NSA) shows its headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Victor is now being held at a facility in Lincolnton, Georgia, according to CNN. But on social media, it seems, Reality Leigh Winner's life was an open book. This finding gave the government the confidence it needed to pursue victor and charge her with the leak.

'We haven't talked with her that much.

Garrick's affidavit said he interviewed victor at her home Saturday and she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the news outlet.

It was one of the first concrete efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump to crack down on leaks to the media.

On Facebook, Winner posted concerns about climate change and lamented that "people voted for a soulless ginger orangutan". She is "looking forward to putting this behind her", her attorney Titus Thomas Nichols told NBC News.

She usually shared pictures of home-cooked vegan food, her cats, and mostly selfies or her images from the gym.

Victor graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio in 2011. Victor went to the military soon after graduating from high school.

In a brief interview, Davis said his daughter served her nation with distinction as an Air Force linguist.

"She's got a good heart", Winner-Davis said.

Victor was a linguist with the U.S. Air Force and spoke a number of Arabic languages including Pashto, Farsi and Dari, her mother told a Guardian reporter.

"You may not agree with her politics but she is a patriot", Davis told the paper.

Davis, who appeared shaken and was hesitant to talk to the press, said he and Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, were still "trying to get a grasp" of what's happened. It said she printed and removed the document on or about May 9 and passed it on to a news outlet. Victor asked if her mother and stepfather, who live in Texas, would travel to Georgia to help feed her cat.

As for Comey, it remains to be seen exactly how far he'll go in his testimony, but it looks like he won't say Trump obstructed justice, reports ABC News.

On social media, victor mostly shared glimpses into her life far removed from politics - such as watching Dr Who with her cat and serving her family a vegetarian meal of barbecued jackfruit. She was a linguist in the Air Force. "It's their take on what little they know about". "I never termed her as a political activist at all, ever". Trump has disputed reports of Russian interference on his behalf.

The Intercept piece is quite technical, but Vox's Timothy B. Lee breaks down the main point you need to know about why the Russians might have done this. The account of "Sara Winners" began on June 2015 but doesn't show any posts until October 2016. The account follows known whistleblowers like WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden, and had shared content with links to @AnonymousPress and rogue government agency accounts, known as "alt" accounts. She routinely criticised Trump and sometimes shared popular Trump memes and GIFs.

Court documents accuse victor of mailing a classified report written on or about May 5 to an unnamed news organization.

In affidavits filed with the court, special Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Justin Garrick said the government was notified of the leaked report by the news outlet that received it. He said the agency that housed the report was able to identify only six people - including victor - who were privy to the report in the NSA's Georgia facility and had access to the document. But it's what wasn't seen that outed victor as the alleged leaker. At the request of the government, recent model color printers automatically leave a unique stamp on the documents they produce.

Winner, who was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Saturday, is accused of printing and removing the classified data, including "national defense information", from an unidentified intelligence community agency on May 9 and mailing it to an online news outlet days later. "If that didn't feel good to say aloud, contact your senators today and tell them those exact words as to why the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines can not be built on American soil".

The document did not name any state.


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