The federal government has leveled the first charges against an individual in connection with leaks related to the Russian election hacking.
The government has charged Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a Georgia intelligence contractor, with removing classified material from a government facility.
‘Winner is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a U.S. government agency facility in Georgia,’ according to a government criminal complaint.
‘She has been employed at the facility since on or about February 13, and has held a Top Secret clearance during that time.
‘On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it.’