On Monday the Department of Justice filed criminal charges against a 25-year-old woman named Reality Leigh Winner, who, in reality is now a big loser, after being caught stealing and leaking Top Secret government documents.
The complaint, filed in US District Court in Georgia, accuses Winner of “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.” That news outlet was identified by NBC News as “The Intercept,” a website founded by extreme leftist and Hillary Clinton supporter, Pierre Omidyar.
Winner lives in Augusta, worked for Pluribus International since February 13th, and held a Top Security clearance.
According to the complaint, on May 9th, “Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it.” Several days later she sent the documents through the mail to the news outlet.
The US agency that contracts with Pluribus International was not named in the complaint but the NSA is reported in the Daily Caller as contracting through them.
Winner was interviewed at her home on Saturday by FBI agents, during which she admitted that she had ” intentionally identified and printed” classified secret information “despite not having a ‘need to know,’ and with knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified.”
The complaint also states, “Winner further admitted removing the classified intelligence reporting from her office space, retaining it, and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents.”
The US agency, believed to be the NSA, notified the FBI of the breach on June 1. The news outlet to which Winner provided the information contacted the agency the day before and said that it was in possession of documents it believed were authored by the agency. The news outlet said that it planned to publish an article based on the documents, which it did on Monday.
The documents contained Top Secret information about Russia’s alleged attempts to hack into voter registration systems prior to the election last November.
The complaint reveals the ease at which the US agency determined that it was Winner who stole the documents, that they appeared to have been folded and/ or creased, an indication that they had been smuggled out of a secured space. An internal audit determined that six individuals had printed the report, one of them being Winner. It states, “A further audit of the six individuals’ desk computers revealed that Winner had e-mail contact with the News Outlet. The audit did not reveal that any of the other individuals had e-mail contact with the News Outlet.”
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