Espionage Act of 1917

Reality Winner, an Air Force vet who studied yoga in Baltimore, thrust to center of Russian hacking controversy

Reality Winner, an Air Force vet who studied yoga in Baltimore, thrust to center of Russian hacking controversy

Ellicott City yoga instructor Keith Golden thinks of Reality Leigh Winner as a dedicated student who works hard and a compassionate person who cares deeply for animals and people.

On Tuesday, Golden opened a text from a friend telling him to look up Winner online. He learned that his 25-year-old former student had been charged with giving reporters a top-secret National Security Agency file about Russian attempts to interfere in last year's election.

Winner, an NSA contractor and Air Force veteran who was stationed recently in Maryland, is the third community professional in their 20s with ties to Maryland accused in recent years of leaking classified documents to the...

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