The Intercept’s Yellow Dots Led Trump Admin To NSA Leaker

Online news outlet The Intercept indirectly helped the Trump administration catch a leaker by reportedly showing the NSA the obtained documents roughly a week prior to the publication of an article.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Reality Leigh Winner, a 25-year-old Georgia-based NSA contractor, Monday for stealing highly classified information and providing it to a news outlet. The legal filing does not make explicit mention of the publication, but NBC News reports that the recipient of the documents is The Intercept. Winner reportedly possessed a Top Secret security clearance prior to the alleged transgressions and admitted to being the source of the leak when the FBI approached her.

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