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Contractor Reality Winner Arrested for Leaking NSA Docs Assessing Russian Attempts to Hack US Voting Systems (w/ Updates)

In Archive, NSA, Reality Winner, Russia on June 5, 2017 at 9:48 PM

PAGE 1: THE LEAK
PAGE 2: THE SOURCE
PAGE 3: REALITY WINNER
PAGE 4: THE ARREST

THE ARREST

 

REALITY WINNER PLEADS NOT GUILTY, BOND DENIED; MORE DOCUMENTS?

06/08/2017

via AugustaChronicle/NYT:

  • Bond denied Thursday afternoon for Reality Leigh Winner.
  • She entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of willful retention and transmission of national defense information.
  • Faces a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
  • In a recorded call to her mother from jail, Winner indicated she might have had more than one classified document, saying “those documents.”
  • “This was not first time defendant mishandled classified information,” Jennifer G. Solari, assistant United States attorney said, referring to episode last year in which Winner placed portable storage device into sensitive computer. Winner also plugged a peculiar query into internet search engine last year: “Do top secret computers detect when flash drives are inserted?” She later placed such a device, which has not been recovered, into one such computer, Judge Epps noted.
  • Winner’s notes included, “I want to burn the White House down,” referenced names of Taliban leaders and Osama bin Laden, called a Muslim leader’s vision of a fundamental Islamic state as Christ like.

List of items FBI seized from Reality Winner (via Jason Leopold)

 

REALITY WINNER TRIAL SET FOR OCTOBER 23, 2017

Related Links:

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

The Sources for Some Russian Voting Hack Stories Will Not Be Prosecuted

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