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Contractor Charged with Leaking Top-Secret Doc on Russian Cyberattack, After Intercept Exposé

HeadlineJun 06, 2017

A new exposé by The Intercept reveals Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days before the U.S. presidential election last November. A federal military contractor has been charged with leaking the top-secret NSA report. About an hour after the story was published on Monday, the Justice Department announced it was charging 25-year-old intelligence contractor Reality Leigh Winner with sending a classified report to the news media. She was arrested by the FBI at her home on Saturday in Augusta, Georgia. The Intercept calls the classified report from May 5, 2017, the most detailed U.S. government account of Russian interference in the election that has yet come to light. It shows that the agency is convinced the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate—or GRU—was responsible for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

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