US Contractor Arrested in Leak of NSA Top-Secret File

Document Describes Suspected Election Meddling by Russia’s Intelligence Agency

A 25-year-old federal contractor has been arrested and charged with leaking a top-secret NSA document that describes Russian efforts to compromise the U.S. election. The arrest was announced just hours after a news outlet, The Intercept, published a report based on the classified material.

Reality Leigh Winner, of Augusta, Georgia, was arrested at her home on Friday, according to the Justice Department. Winner, a contractor who started working with Pluribus International Corp. in February, appeared in federal court in the same city on Monday.

During an FBI interview, Winner allegedly admitted to printing a classified intelligence report and mailing it to a news outlet, which is not identified, according to an affidavit from an FBI special agent. Winner reportedly is a former U.S. Air Force linguist.

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