Sunday, 25 June, 2017

US intelligence contractor pleads not guilty to leaking charge

NSA Whistleblower's Parents Say They Fear For Her Safety Volusia was part of attempted Russian hack of election
Darrell Mcdonald | 09 June, 2017, 09:27

But the Justice Department announced Winner's arrest Monday as The Intercept reported it had obtained a classified National Security Agency report suggesting Russian hackers attacked a USA voting software supplier before last year's presidential election.

She was arrested at her Georgia home on June 3 and charged with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A federal judge ordered a young woman charged with leaking classified US documents to remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued Thursday she might possess more stolen government secrets. Victor was arrested at her home on Saturday and on Wednesday she will go before a federal judge for a bond hearing.

Prosecutors argued that the only thing victor could do if she were released on bail is be recruited by the nation's enemies.

The document described Russian efforts to launch cyber attacks on at least one United States voting software supplier - sending "spear-phishing" emails that try to trick a recipient into clicking on a malicious link to steal data - to more than 100 local election officials days before the November 8 United States election.

The criminal complaint against victor did not link the charges with the story, but a senior federal official confirmed to NBC News that victor is the accused leaker of the document published by The Intercept.

"I think they're going to try to make an example out of her because of the political climate right now", Winner-Davis said.

The Intercept's report of the leaked document was published shortly before a government contractor was arrested on suspicion of leaking classified information to a undisclosed news organisation. She could also face a fine of up to $250,000. She went to Belize for three days in May, and she has access to $30,000 to $35,000 of her own savings and over $12,000 raised by a Go Fund Me page, Golari said. Victor did not enter a plea in her initial appearance Monday.

Reality Leigh Winner poses outside the office of Sen.

"She's a patriot. She served her nation with distinguished honor", Gary said, CBS reports.

The mother and stepfather of 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner, the NSA contractor accused of leaking government secrets, are speaking out about t...

Winner-Davis told Cooper on Tuesday that if her daughter did what she's accused of, "I know that she's ready to pay the price".

Solari said victor also confessed to her mother during a recorded jailhouse phone call, saying: "Mom, those documents".

Prosecutors said a phone call to her sister expressed Winner's confidence in how to play the court during her bond hearing.

"She is scared that they won't let her out", said mother Billie-Jean Davis, according to CBS.

Victor spent much of that six year career as an air force linguist in Maryland.

The US attorney also alleged that victor once searched on her work computer, while she was still in the Air Force, for the phrase: "Do top secret computers detect when flash drives are inserted?"

The Intercept said the information was obtained anonymously and independently authenticated.

The hackers are believed to have then used data from that operation to create a new email account to launch a spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organisations, the document said.

Winner-Davis said that despite the allegations she remains "a proud mom".

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