An hour later, Augusta-based NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner was arrested by the FBI and charged under the Espionage Act with gathering, transmitting or losing defense information. The document The Intercept based its story on was sent to the website by Winner, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The Intercept said it never knew the identity of the document’s source in a Tuesday morning statement.
The Intercept is a three-year-old online publication focused on national security and surveillance. It was founded in 2014 by journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. Poitras and Greenwald had previously published stories in British newspaper; The Guardian based on confidential information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The Intercept was started partially as a platform for more reporting based on Snowden’s leaks. The site’s reporting has since expanded to topics including American military drone strike programs, climate change and technology.