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US charges government contractor over media leak

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US charges government contractor over media leak

<p>US President Donald Trump’s administration has made one of its first concrete efforts to crack down on leaks to the media.</p> <p>The Department of Justice has charged a federal contractor with sending classified information to an unnamed news organisation.</p> <p>Reality Leigh Winner, 25, is accused of removing the material from a government building in Georgia and is charged with “gathering, transmitting or losing defence information,” <span class="caps">NBC</span> reports. </p> <p>Reuters news agency reports that an hour before the charges were announced, <a href="https://theintercept.com/">The Intercept</a> had published a top secret <span class="caps">NSA</span> document on alleged Russian interference in last year’s American election.</p> <p>US intelligence agencies claim Moscow attempted to sabotage the November vote to swing it in Trump’s favour and discredit his rival Hillary Clinton.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">FBI</span> and a number of congressional committees are investigating whether or not the president could have colluded with Russian intelligence operatives over the course of the campaign.</p>