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Contractor charged with leaking NSA info on Russian hacking

Russian intelligence agents launched a cyber-attack into a United States voting systems manufacturer weeks before the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report by the Intercept.

The N.S.A. report, which is dated May 5, 2017, says it was Russian military intelligence (the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or G.R.U.) that phished American voting software companies, beginning in late August.

The Department of Justice announced Monday prosecutors charged 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner of Augusta with mailing copies of classified documents to a reporter. While the document doesn't say the hacking changed any votes, it "raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results".

The NSA report, dated May 5, says Russian military intelligence attacked a US voting software company and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials at the end of October or beginning of November.

According to reports, the document leaked by victor is the same one cited in an article published Monday by The Intercept.

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied during an interview aired Sunday that his government meddled in the us election, though he admitted last week that "patriotic" Russian individuals may have acted on their own.

The FBI and several congressional committees are investigating how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and whether associated of President Donald Trump may have colluded with Russian intelligence operatives during the campaign.

"As we reported in the story, the NSA document was provided to us anonymously".




The report was published just days after Putin denied allegations that the Russian state had meddled in the U.S. election.

USA intelligence officials tell CNN that the information has not changed the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment, which found: "Russian intelligence obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards".

But he said last week that "patriotically minded" Russians, whom he compared to artists, might have taken it upon themselves "to fight against those who say bad things about Russia", according to The New York Times, which was present at his news conference with Russian and foreign outlets in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

Authorities said she printed the classified document that was taken on May 9 and later mailed it to a news organization. USA intelligence officials then asked The Intercept to redact certain sections. Court records say the documents were produced on or about May 5 and contained "Top Secret level" information.

"She has no criminal history; it's not as if she's a threat to anyone, " he said.

Investigators thus queried their systems' audit logs, and found that six people had printed out that particular document: the work computers of those six were searched, and only Winner's had evidence she had been in contact with the news website.

Court documents filed in the case do not identify the outlet or describe the type of information leaked. The U.S. Government Agency determined that six individuals printed this reporting. The six individuals had their computers audited, and it revealed that victor was the one who made contact.

Victor remains in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, said the lawyer, adding that he expects the government will seek to keep her behind bars pending trial.

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