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US contractor Reality Winner charged with leaking Russia hacking report to media

On Monday, the National Security Agency contractor was charged in a Georgia court with releasing classified material to a news outlet. However, Winner's arrest came hours after The Intercept published a May 5 intelligence report from the National Security Agency.

Winner, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking classified information. She had been assigned to a USA government agency facility in Georgia since February 13.

A trail of printing slipups led the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Saturday to Winner's home, where they arrested the former Air Force linguist.

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

Titus Thomas Nichols, Winner's attorney told NBC News that his client has no previous criminal record and that she is "looking forward to putting this behind her". "She is a very good person".

The lines are blurry, but victor and those like her seem in a different class than the Washington insiders who have always leaked to settle internal scores or to make policy points.

It also confirmed that the Russian attacks continued after the Department of Homeland Security publicly attributed the meddling to Russia's intelligence agencies, confirming that those statements did not deter more cyberattacks - and after Obama's warning to Putin in September "to cut it out, there were going to be serious consequences if he did not".

Host Jeremy Scahill said "there is a tremendous amount of hysterics" and "a lot of premature conclusions being drawn around all of this Russian Federation stuff", but "there's not a lot of hard evidence to back it up".

"The emails contained Microsoft Word attachments purporting to be benign documentation for VR Systems' EViD voter database product line, but which were in reality maliciously embedded with automated software commands that are triggered instantly and invisibly when the user opens the document", The Intercept reported.

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The report the contractor allegedly leaked is dated May 5, the same date as the document The Intercept posted online. An internal audit determined that six people had accessed and printed the intelligence report, the affidavit says.

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Authorities found that only victor had made email contact with The Intercept.

Unlike Edward Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong and then to Moscow after leaking classified documents, victor was easy to chase down. But it's what wasn't seen that outed victor as the alleged leaker.

The document victor is alleged to have illegally publicized was dated on or about May 5, according to court documents.

The FBI and other USA intelligence agencies have been investigating the possible ways that Moscow could have used to reach the stated goal.

An internal audit showed that six people had printed out the top-secret materials after they were published at the beginning of the month.

A spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. It also said she had confessed to an agent that she had printed out a May 5 intelligence file and mailed it to an online news outlet.

Winner-Davis said she was unaware that her daughter had allegedly already admitted, when questioned, to taking the top-secret document.

"The document victor allegedly leaked is the same one used as the basis for the article published on Monday by The Intercept, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo".

The report, marked top secret and only to be shared with the "Five Eyes" nations (Canada, Britain, New Zealand and Australia), claims the Russian intelligence agency GRU targeted more than 120 email addresses associated with local government organizations, which it speculates were taken from the earlier hack.

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