Intelligence contractor, 25, is charged for ‘handing secret NSA report on Russian election hacking to news website’

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  • The Intercept on Monday published a top secret NSA document it got from an anonymous source
  • The document appeared to show Russian military intelligence conducted a spear phishing cyber attack on an election software company
  • The hackers then used the information to launch another attack to hit local governments with voter-registration linked attacks
  • The feds filed a criminal complaint Monday against Georgia federal contractor, Reality Leigh Winner, 25, charging her with removing classified material from a government facility
  • She was charged with transmitting it to online news outlet The Intercept
  • The date attached to the top secret information referenced in the story and in the charging documents is the same  
  • Bernie Sanders-supporting Reality Leigh Winner served as a linguist in the US Air Force since 2013 before working as an NSA contractor 
  • If convicted, Winner could spend up to 10 years in a federal penitentiary

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