How US Law Enforcement Caught Reality Winner, The NSA Contractor Charged With Leaking Top-Secret Materials

About an hour after the Intercept published a top-secret document stolen from the US National Security Agency yesterday (June 5), the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had arrested a suspected leaker. The 25-year-old contractor who worked for the Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, Reality Leigh Winner, was charged “with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.”

The document published by the Intercept details a cyber espionage campaign that Russia’s military intelligence agency carried out against US government organizations and an unnamed US company that develops voter-registration software. The attacks occurred between August and October of 2016, just before the US presidential election on Nov. 8.

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