When asked what kind of official USA statements mattered most to Russia, Peksov said that "obviously, President Trump's position is the main thing that Moscow takes into consideration, this is what we are focused on".
And in one telling post before the general election, she wrote, "On a positive note, this Tuesday when we become the United States of the Russian Federation, Olympic lifting will be the national sport". We'll know soon how USA intelligence and elected officials extricate themselves from between this rock and hard place.
Not long after The Intercept's report was published, the Department of Justice announced that 25-year-old federal contractor Reality Leigh Winner had been charged with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet.
Her family knows little except that they are bewildered and concerned about the possible 10-year prison sentence that victor could receive if convicted.
The document also reveals that Russian Federation sent spear-phishing emails-phishing emails custom tailored to their intended targets-to more than 100 local election officials before the election, the Intercept reported.
He described the document as "an NSA analysis of Russian efforts to tamper" with the election.
The Intercept contacted NSA and the national intelligence director's office about the document and both agencies asked that it not be published. It was just about an hour after that top secret document was published that the charges against victor were already in the works by the Justice Department. Six people printed the report, but only victor mailed the news outlet.
Winner's attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, in an interview with the Associated Press declined to confirm that she was accused of leaking the NSA report received by the Intercept. Those paper ballots can be used to verify whether or not the election results reported electronically were correct. They also report that her case is the first "criminal leak case" under President Trump. The judge said that while he doesn't like how this information came to the public's attention, he is happy to know the truth.
- Victor is an athlete who loves animals, her mother said through tears.
A spokesperson for The Intercept told TPM that they have "no knowledge of the identity of the source" of the document because it was provided to them anonymously. "For a government employee or a contractor who has access to classified information to share it intentionally with someone who doesn't have a security clearance, including a reporter, is a crime", said Jeffrey Toobin, CNN's senior legal analyst. Winner's lawyer says she spent six years in the military.
"Approximately a few days later, victor unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet".
The investigation that led to the arrest of a federal contractor on charges of leaking classified material that was published by The Intercept website apparently was not the stuff of big-budget Hollywood spy films.
According to Fox & Friends this morning, victor speaks several Middle Eastern languages and was in the United States Airforce before taking a position at Pluribus International Corporation, which has locations throughout the nation. "She is a very good person". Couple of them even voted for President Trump. She had been assigned to a U.S. government agency facility in Georgia since February 13.
This, reportedly, is where the publication known for its security-conscious reporters may have messed up. As Fox & Friends discussed, this brings concerns about the civilians who have the same type of top secret security clearance as victor across the country coming from the different companies that do work for the government.