Contractor charged with classified leak about 2016 election

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, of Augusta, Georgia, is accused of printing an intelligence report from her workplace and later sharing the materials with The Intercept website.
2:41 | 06/06/17

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We begin with the first arrested under president trump for leaking. It was about Russia's interference in the election and David Wright starts us off. Reporter: Good morning, George. That's right. This is the first criminal case against an alleged leaker to be brought under president trump, a president who has complained bitterly about leaks. She is a 25-year-old part-time yoga teacher with an unusual name, the trade craft not exactly James bond, more like a Nancy drew mystery. The United States of America versus reality Leigh winner, part-time fitness instructor in Augusta, Georgia, now facing the possibility of serious prison time. Winner is accused of leaking this top secret national security agency document providing the most detailed account yet of Russian efforts to hack the November election. My client's being used as a scapegoat for what could be considered a political agenda. Reporter: Winner's lawyer says after six years in the military the 25-year-old who speaks pashtun and farsi was hired in February by pluribus international corporation. On may 5th a report was leaked detailing a 2016 cyberattack where Russian military intelligence on a U.S. Voting software supply company and local elections officials. There's no evidence of this influencing the outcome of the presidential race, but it does come on the heels of trump's announcement that he'll punish leakers inside the federal government government with harsh penalties. We're going to find the leakers. They're going to pay a big price for leaking. Reporter: The intercept and onlinus organization that published the material insists that the document came to them anonymously. That they had no knowledge of the identity of the source. They simply asked the NSA if the document is for real. Officials say they could tell by the visible creases that it was a printout so they checked and found only six employees had printed out that particular document. And only one of the six had been in contact with the news outlet. According to the FBI affidavit, that is reality winner. This is amateur hour for not only the leaker but the news organization reporter and then the reporter compromised the source and that document as far as where it came from. Reporter: Well, the FBI showed up at her house hours after the intercept published the documents and officials say that she confessed although her lawyer takes issue with that. She's being charged under the espionage act and could face up to ten years in prison. Serious, serious. Thanks very much. Now to those developments in the London terror attack.

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