Contractor charged in NSA document leak case

A federal contractor with top security clearance faces charges after allegedly leaking classified information to an online media outlet, the Justice Department announced Monday.

A federal contractor in Georgia has been arrested and charged with leaking classified documents to a news outlet. According to the Intercept: "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 picture showed the document had a particular fold in the paper, which officials concluded were able to trace back to a specific printed version of the document. Authorities said that they also determined that victor had e-mail contact with the news outlet. The Intercept also reportedly shared the postmark on the document they got, revealing it was sent from Winner's home.

According to the document, the NSA compiled its report based on evidence it received in April this year.

Court records don't identify the agency victor worked for or the news organization. Releasing classified material without authorisation threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government. It was a top-secret NSA report which found that Russian Federation tried to hack into voting machines in the days leading up to the 2016 election. "People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation", he said.




USA intelligence already has determined that Russian Federation hacked into Democratic Party emails and leaked embarrassing information to WikiLeaks in an apparent effort to help Republican Donald Trump win the presidential election over Democrat Hillary Clinton. US intelligence officials then asked The Intercept to redact certain sections.

Winner's attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, declined to confirm whether she is accused of leaking the NSA report received by The Intercept.

The Intercept wrote that the report "is the most detailed United States government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light". When questioned by the FBI "Winner admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue despite not having a "need to know", the complaint alleges".

An affidavit filed by an FBI agent said the investigation moved quickly after authorities learned less than a week ago that the document had been obtained by a news organisation, because the organisation had asked for a comment on the classified material.

Victor remains in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, said the lawyer, adding that he expects the government will seek to keep her behind bars pending trial.

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