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U.S. Contractor Charged With Media Leak of Top-Secret Data

June 7, 2017, 8:16 PM

A former Air Force linguist was charged with passing a top-secret document to the media in the first arrest of its kind since President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on government workers who illegally leak information.

Espionage charges against Reality Leigh Winner, 25, who worked for government contractor Pluribus International Corp., were announced June 5 by the Justice Department, shortly after the online news outlet The Intercept published what it said was a National Security Agency report detailing Russian hacking efforts in the days before the 2016 election.

The Trump White House has been plagued by leaks on everything ...