US Contractor Charged With Leaking Top-Secret Data to the Media

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Victor reportedly told federal agents she mailed the classified document to the unnamed media outlet, according to court documents. Victor will be inside the federal courthouse in Augusta, Georgia, Thursday for her second appearance before a federal judge on espionage charges.

Winner-Davis and her husband said they have spoken to Winner by telephone since her arrest and only saw her briefly at a hearing on Monday. "They took her by surprise".

In the legal case, authorities say victor admitted to leaking the classified report once government officials traced her as the source. But shortly after its article was published, the Justice Department said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had arrested victor.

The published report said the NSA has determined Russian military intelligence executed a cyber-attack on at least one USA voting software supplier and also sent phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before the November presidential election.

"I never thought this would be something she would do", her mom Billie Winner-Davis told The Guardian.

She's an Air Force veteran and works for a defense contractor.

Court documents indicate that victor reached out to The Intercept in March seeking transcripts of a podcast. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters related to the election after it emerged he met with the Russian ambassador to the USA on at least two occasions a year ago.

Winner, 25, has been charged with sending to the news media a classified government report about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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Another embarrassing leak of a top secret U.S. document detailing how Russian Federation had meddled in last year's election has caused National Security Agency (NSA) its reputation yet again.

Davis said she received a commendation for aiding in the deaths of more than 100 enemy combatants and more than 250 enemy captures.

The last national security contractor prosecuted before victor is Harold T. Martin III in Baltimore.

The mother added: "I'm terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media".

"Mainly she was concerned about her cat", Winner-Davis said.

US officials still believe the vote total was not affected. The top-secret information was an NSA report from May 5, which was first released to The Intercept, detailing Russian hackers trying to compromise US officials less than two weeks before Election Day in November. He said Russia categorically denies "the possibility" of the Russian government being behind it.

Dated May 5, 2017, the NSA document was provided anonymously to the online news site - which specializes in national security issues - and indicates that Kremlin efforts to hack America's voting infrastructure were deeper than U.S. Government officials have previously admitted.

The Intercept said it has no knowledge of who provided it with the document.