Reality Leigh Winner is reportedly facing federal charges for espionage. The 25-year old female federal contractor has been charged for leaking classified materials to the media. The Department of Justice said that the woman was arrested by the FBI on June 3.
Authorities claim that Reality Leigh Winner, of Augusta, who used to be rather super active on social media, was presented before the federal court on June 5. She is under arrest and there is no sign that he may be released on bail before a court hearing scheduled for June 8.
Authorities claim that the woman has been charged with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information that could have been damaging to the U.S. The most serious accusation against the woman is that officials believe she took a top secret National Security Agency document, got it Xeroxed and then sending it to a news organization believed. Some media organizations have mentioned the name of the news organization as The Intercept.
Prosecutors claim that the woman that who was working for the defense contractor Pluribus International Corporation, printed an NSA document detailing how Russia had hacked a voting equipment vendor in Florida and was trying to breach local election systems right up until the days before November’s vote. The Intercept reported on Monday that Russian military intelligence carried out a cyber-attack on at least one US voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than a hundred local election officials days before the poll.
A Guardia report claims that the woman’s family went to Georgia for Winner’s first court appearance. Her mother, Winner-Davis reportedly told the media that she has no knowledge that her daughter has already admitted to doing what the prosecutor has accused her of doing.
Her mother went on to add, “I never thought this would be something she would do…I mean, she has expressed to me that she is not a fan of Trump – but she’s not someone who would go and riot or picket.” The Intercept published an intelligence document on June 5 — the same day Winner appeared in court — that’s in line with what’s said in a criminal complaint. The report described details about Russian efforts to hack voting systems in the U.S. about one week before the 2016 presidential election. The document said that it “raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results.”
A report in the NYMag says, “Winner’s mother, Billie Winner-Davis, spoke to several news outlets. She told the Guardian that her daughter was born in Texas in 1991 and raised in the small surburb of Kingsville, which is about 40 miles from Corpus Christi. She has one sister who is studying for a PhD in pharmacology…Winner was an active-duty member of the Air Force from January 2013 until she began working for Pluribus International in February. Her mother said she worked as a linguist for the Air Force and speaks Farsi, Dari, and Pashto”.