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Contractor charged with leaking NSA info on Russian hacking

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Contractor charged with leaking NSA info on Russian hacking

Until last week, victor was an independent contractor for the national security firm Pluribus International Corporation and had top secret security clearance at an unnamed US government facility in Georgia where she worked, according to the Justice Department's federal criminal complaint.

A woman was arrested for leaking a top-secret National Security Agency document that reveals details about Russian hacking's influence on the USA presidential election, a senior federal official told NBC News.

She is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation and had been employed at an NSA facility in Georgia since February, reports NBC News. Sections of the report have been redacted by US intelligence, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has declined to comment on it.

On Oct.27, hackers set up a Gmail account appearing to belong to an employee of the election software company and sent emails to "U.S. government organizations" with a malicious Microsoft Word document that would send out a beacon to hackers, according to the report. Further investigation showed that victor was the only one of the six to have contacted The Intercept.

It was a top-secret NSA report which found that Russian Federation tried to hack into voting machines in the days leading up to the 2016 election.

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was arrested on Saturday and appeared in federal court on Monday.

Winner's attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, in an interview with the Associated Press declined to confirm that she was accused of leaking the NSA report received by the Intercept.

In its report, the Intercept said it received the NSA report anonymously and independently verified its authenticity.

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"The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to ... launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting United States local government organizations".

President Trump, meanwhile, has fumed about leaks related to Russian hacking and the investigation into whether anyone in his campaign colluded with the effort.

Operatives from the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, are said to have targeted employees at a USA election software company last August and then again in October. Around May 9, she allegedly printed and removed the document and then sent it to the news site.

"Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government", he said.

The federal agency victor worked for first became aware of Winner's alleged leak after being contacted by the news outlet for comment.

Victor is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a US government agency facility in Georgia. "All this craziness has happened all of a sudden".

After the government arrived at Winner's residence with a warrant, she admitted printing the classified report and mailing it to The Intercept, the DOJ filing claims.

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