25-year-old Reality Winner has suddenly become the face of the Russian hacking scandal.
NBC News reported that Winner was arrested on Monday on charges of leaking a highly classified report.
Winner has been working in an NSA facility near Augusta, George as a subcontractor with Pluribus International Corporation. She had a top secret security clearance and access to highly classified information.
The Justice Department has charged her “with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” which she then gave to an online news organization, The Intercept.
The young woman was active on social media and is on record of being critical of the Trump administration.
She apparently was a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders and felt strongly about climate change.
Her mother told CNN that Reality was “very scared” when arrested by the FBI. And, she should be. Stealing classified information is a very serious offensive, and the punishment is stiff. Winner is likely to be a loser before it’s all over.