The Department of Justice has charged a government contractor in Georgia with leaking classified information to a news outlet, according to a statement from the department.
The woman, Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was arrested by the FBI at her home on Saturday and appeared in federal court on Monday, the DOJ said.
Reality Winner, arrested for alleged classified leak, is a former US Air Force linguist who speaks Pashto, Farsi & Dari, her mother tells me pic.twitter.com/SQjt13wRw6— Jon Swaine (@jonswaine) June 5, 2017
The complaint filed against Winner, a contractor with the Pluribus International Corporation who had top-secret security clearances, claims she printed a document with classified intelligence information and mailed it to an online news outlet in early May.
Feds arrest NSA contractor in leak of Top Secret Russia document https://t.co/c3yvet8XSq— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 5, 2017
Sources confirmed to NBC News that Winner was the person behind the leak of the document.
“Exceptional law enforcement efforts allowed us quickly to identify and arrest the defendant,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in the DOJ statement.
“Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government. People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation.”
The DOJ's statement also said Winner, who is charged with "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet," admitted to leaking the document.
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