It sounds like the two people most surprised by the arrest of 25-year-old Reality Winner as an alleged leaker of classified information are her mother and stepfather.
The case against victor, who worked for NSA contractor Pluribus International Corporation in August, Georgia, appears formidable.
The federal government has charged her with "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet". Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before the 2016 presidential election, according to a classified NSA report leaked Monday, June 5, 2017, that suggests election-related hacking penetrated further into USA voting systems than previously known. If it had not been leaked, the public would still have nearly no inkling about how diligently Russian hackers worked to penetrate U.S. voting systems in the view of the USA intelligence community.
United States intelligence agencies and their contractors are full of recent graduates who are computer, encryption and foreign language wizards. "There's around six people, and then they narrow it down to this Reality Winner".
After authorities determined the model and serial numbers of the printer that produced the secret documents, as well as the date and time of the printing, they were able to arrest victor.
If she's convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. "I'm terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media".
"The government is not in any way suggesting the defendant has become a jihadist or that she is a Taliban sympathizer", Solari told the judge.
This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner.
The former Air Force linguist, who speaks Arabic and Farsi and had a top-secret security clearance, was working as a government contractor in Augusta when she copied and mailed a classified report containing top-secret material to an online news organization, prosecutors say.More news: US Jet Downs Syrian Plane in Raqqa
In her spare time, victor lifted weights and taught the occasional yoga class.
"My client is innocent until proven guilty and we plan to enter a plea of not guilty", attorney Titus Nichols told NBC News Wednesday afternoon.
"I didn't know what company she worked for", Winner-Davis said.
Victor was likely caught due to some apparent oversights in The Intercept's source verification process. "She volunteers. She does whatever she can to make the community, and the world better", said Winner-Davis.
A reminder that leaking can lead to a criminal charge might make other government workers and contractors think twice, but Winner's case seems unlikely to have the subarctic chilling effect Trump would hope for. "She's a patriot", Davis said. Investigators then discovered that victor had emailed the Intercept from her work computer.
Solari cautioned that prosecutors were not trying to link victor to terrorism. She has been jailed in neighboring Lincoln County since her arrest.
The leak investigation was brief, officials say.
It was a system-wide failure and what crumbs we did get were drowned out by a drip-drip-drip of information about Hillary Clinton's private server and the relatively mundane private emails of her campaign staff.
"A contractor, a federal employee can not just take it upon themselves to bypass the classification system", Chaffetz said. If that didn't feel good to say aloud, contact your senators today and tell them those exact words as to why the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines can not be built on American soil.