06 June, 2017
Victor faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking classified information.
In the weeks leading up to last year's presidential election, Russian military intelligence launched a cyberattack on a US voting systems manufacturer, according to a classified National Security Agency report obtained by The Intercept.
The NSA report confirms that "Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU", conducted the cyber attacks. The Intercept appears to have inadvertently gotten her caught, by contacting the government about the document, and showing them a picture of it.
The DOJ release says that victor "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue despite not having a "need to know", and with knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified".
"Exceptional law enforcement efforts allowed us quickly to identify and arrest the defendant", Rosenstein said. "Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government".
That helped them narrow their search to six individuals who had printed out the intelligence information.
"Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement announcing the charges against victor.
But the agency, after noticing that the top secret document was creased, realized that it had likely been printed and carried out by hand and checked to see which agency employees had printed the document or emailed with the news outlet.
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"I think she's trying to be fearless for me", Billie Winner said.
"My client has no (criminal) history, so it's not as if she has a pattern of having done anything like this before", Nichols said in a phone interview Monday.
A sworn affidavit from FBI Special Agent Justin Garrick only said that the document contained "defense information".
While neither the information or the outlet were identified, the information was also described as a report dated May 5. "That person then contacted authorities, sparking the investigation", according to the Washington Post.
Justice officials did not name the government facility or the news outlet. A search identified six employees who printed it out, including victor. Authorities said that they also determined that victor had e-mail contact with the news outlet.
Until last week, victor was an independent contractor for the national security firm Pluribus International Corporation and had top secret security clearance at an unnamed USA government facility in Georgia where she worked, according to the Justice Department's federal criminal complaint.
In that conversation, according to the affidavit, victor acknowledged that "she knew the contents of the reporting could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation".