Who is Reality Leigh Winner? 25-year-old contractor charged with leaking classified NSA documents
Federal officials from the Justice Department charged Reality Leigh Winner for leaking classified National Security Agency material about Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.
As the first person charged with this crime in the Trump era, Winner immediately became the most famous -- or infamous -- in the United States. But what do we really know about this 25-year-old former contractor?
Winner began working as a federal contractor with the Pluribus International Corp., where she had top security clearance and had been working in Georgia since February 13.
She served in the U.S. Air Force prior to that and speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari, according to her mother.
"She's never ever given me any kind of indication that she was in favor of that at all," her mother told CNN regarding her daughter's stance on leaking. "I don't know how to explain it."
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Investigators apparently did not have a difficult time tracking her down. Officials used internal records to determine that she was one of only six people who had copied the documents that were leaked -- and her email records showed she had been in communication with The Intercept, which first published the documents on Monday night.
But while her name only made headlines on Monday after leaked documents went public, the Justice Department said authorities arrested her on Saturday -- and that she admitted to leaking the classified documents intentionally when she was confronted.
The Intercept published a statement Tuesday claiming their editors had no knowledge of Winner's identity until the Justice Department revealed her as the leaker on Monday.
"While the FBI's allegations against Winner have been made public through the release of an affidavit and search warrant, which were unsealed at the government's request, it is important to keep in mind that these documents contain unproven assertions and speculation designed to serve the government's agenda and as such warrant skepticism," the statement continued. "Winner faces allegations that have not been proven. The same is true of the FBI's claims about how it came to arrest Winner."
Meanwhile, some outlets have reported that Winner's social media presence suggests she may have anti-Trump views. The Blaze describes her as part of the "resistance" to Trump -- noting her support for the Women's March and the Islamic Society of North America.
Her Facebook page features photos of her at the gym, images of pets -- a cat and a dog -- and recent photos of a trip to Belize.
Her last update to the page, posted Friday, is a quote, "You are what you love, not who loves you."
Winner faces up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted of leaking classified information.