Con­trac­tor charged with leak­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to me­dia

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drea Noble

A 25-year-old fed­eral con­trac­tor was crim­i­nally charged Mon­day in connection with leak­ing clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion to a news or­ga­ni­za­tion — mark­ing the first leak pros­e­cu­tion un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Re­al­ity Leigh Win­ner, of Au­gusta, Ge­or­gia, was ar­rested over the week­end after pros­e­cu­tors said she printed a copy of a clas­si­fied re­port and mailed it to an on­line news out­let, the Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced Mon­day.

A crim­i­nal com­plaint filed in the case does not iden­tify the out­let or de­scribe the type of in­for­ma­tion leaked. But the de­tails of the case ap­pear to cor­re­spond to in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished Mon­day af­ter­noon by the In­ter­cept. The ar­ti­cle re­lies on an anony­mously-pro­vided Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency doc­u­ment to de­tail Rus­sian at­tempts to hack U.S. vot­ing sys­tems in the days be­fore the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Jus­tice Depart­ment, Ms. Win­ner is a con­trac­tor with Pluribus In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion and held top se­cret se­cu­rity clear­ance. She be­gan work­ing at the gov­ern­ment fa­cil­ity from which the clas­si­fied doc­u­ment was taken in Fe­bru­ary.

Au­thor­i­ties said she printed the clas­si­fied doc­u­ment that was taken on May 9 and later mailed it to a news or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Leaks have plagued the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in its first few months, and in­cluded ev­ery­thing from de­tails about in­ter­cepted phone calls be­tween former Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Michael Flynn and a Rus­sian diplo­mat to the name of the man who det­o­nated a sui­cide bomb out­side a Manch­ester, Eng­land pop con­cert.

But the charges against Ms. Win­ner mark the first leak pros­e­cu­tion un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Con­fronted by in­ves­ti­ga­tors over the week­end, au­thor­i­ties said Ms. Win­ner ad­mit­ted to print­ing the doc­u­ment and pro­vid­ing it to a news out­let.

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