Atlanta, Georgia — Recently investigative journalists from the news outlet known as The Intercept dropped a bombshell article that revealed that the Russian Military Intelligence sponsored ‘hackers’ working with the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or the GRU to execute cyber espionage operations against the United States government and officials with the intent of targeting and exploiting U.S. voting software to slant the election results of the Presidential election in favor of the now 45th U.S. President Donald Trump.
This damning report from The Intercept in essence declares that Russia may have in fact meddled with the U.S. primary elections using a multi-pronged cyber attack spanning over months prior to the election. And now the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested a 25-year-old contractor in Atlanta, Georgia for transmitting the classified documents to The Intercept for use in its report.
The FBI issued an arrest warrant and then arrested 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner on June 3rd, who according to the FBI affidavit obtained by SOFREP, worked as a contractor employed by Pluribus International who according to their website “provides trained and experienced experts in intelligence, counterintelligence, and counter terrorism. Winner, who held a top secret security clearance up to the time of her arrest was a linguist and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where she worked as a linguist with a focus on Pashto, Farsi, and Dari.
Winner was no fan of the incoming Trump administration and did not hide her political leanings. In a post on Facebook dated November 5th 2016, Winner posted “On a positive note, this Tuesday when we become the United States of the Russian Federation, Olympic lifting will be the national sport.”
According to the FBI affidavit Winner did in fact print out and illegally remove the classified documents from her workplace on or about May 9th, 2017. Then due to the images of the classified documents The Intercept posted in its report and analyzed by an unnamed “U.S. Government Agency” that showed “folds” and/or “creases” suggested to the FBI investigators that the classified documents had been not only “hand-carried out of a secure space, then mailed the classified material to the news outlet, The Intercept. An internal audit conducted by the U.S. Government Agency determined that only six individuals printed this report, Winner being one of the six.
The FBI on June 3rd spoke with Winner at her home in Augusta, Georgia where during the conversation with the FBI investigators admitted to accessing the classified report despite not having a “need to know” clearance of the material. Then, Winner admitted to intentionally printing out the document and removing the material from her office space with the intent of “mailing it from Augusta, Georgia to the ‘News Outlet.’ Winner fully admitted to knowing the contents of the classified intelligence report and was fully aware that the contents of said report could and will be used to cause “injury to the United States to the advantage of a foreign nation.”
The FBI believes that the evidence before them and their initial investigation to include their interview with Winner, that Winner has committed a Title 18,United States Code,Section 793(e) violation.
“Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it.”
Reality Leigh Winner’s last Facebook posting was June 2nd 2017 which read “You are what you love, not who loves you.” Just prior to her being taken in by the FBI just one day later. Winner likely knew that the FBI was about to arrest her.