NBC News: Senior federal official says that Reality Leigh Winner, age 25, has been arrested & charged with leaking document to The Intercept
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) June 5, 2017
A federal contractor in Georgia has been charged with leaking classified material to an online news outlet, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was arrested by the FBI at her home on Saturday and appeared in federal court in Augusta on Monday afternoon, DOJ said in a statement.
Winner is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation who held top secret clearance, according to the statement.
“Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it,” DOJ said in the statement. “Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet.”…
“Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government,” Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.
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Reality Leigh Winner. Because we’re living in a Pynchon novel, now.