Contractor charged with leaking classified materials on Russian election interference

The documents purportedly detailed Russian hacking before the 2016 election.

In a release, the Department of Justice notes that Winner was a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation where she worked since mid-February and held a Top Secret clearance.

"People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation," Rosenstein added.

The Intercept's story contains a redacted, classified NSA document detailing how how Russian hackers infiltrated outside vendors dealing with voter-related information ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The NSA analysis claims "Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials," according to The Intercept.

The story goes on to explain how emails to an election software company that claimed to be from Google attempted to trick employees into opening attachments laced with malware, which may have eventually given the hackers remote control over the vendors' computers. The hackers later tried to spread the operation to local governments, but the NSA is "uncertain about the results of the attack," according to the article.

The FBI conducted a search of Winner's home after she was identified as a subject and a warrant was granted, according to the Justice Department. An affidavit submitted by an investigator on the case explained that the news outlet alerted an intelligence community agency that it was in possession of a classified materials. Winner was singled out after the documents were inspected and a crease noted in the pages, "suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space."

Winner was one of only six individuals determined to have printed the document and the only to be in contact with The Intercept.

Winner then spoke with agents during the search and admitted to printing the information, taking it outside of her workplace "and mailing it from Augusta, Georgia, to the news outlet, which she knew was not authorized to receive or possess the documents."