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Here’s what we know about alleged NSA leaker Reality Leigh Winner

Who is Reality Leigh Winner?

She’s a 25-year-old National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was arrested for allegedly leaking a top secret report to news outlet The Intercept.

On Monday, she was charged after the FBI arrested her Saturday at her home in Augusta, Georgia. She faces up to 10 years in prison for the classified leak, according to CNN. She’s back in court on Thursday.

Winner was accused of leaking a report that showed Russian intelligence tried to hack U.S. voting systems before the election in November. The Intercept shared printed pages of the report, and the folds and creases in the documents gave away that they had been “printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.” From that, the agency saw six people had printed the report and then tracked down the one person from the group who had emailed the news outlet.

Her motivations for leaking are not yet known. But she left a lot information about herself online. She was active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for years and shared her anti-Trump and other political sentiments on the platforms.

Active on social media 

Winner, who uses the name Sara Winners on her Twitter account, had been active on the site up until the end of February. She often tweeted anti-Trump messages. She follows only 50 people on Twitter, including Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, and Anonymous.

A linguist and an athlete

The Texas native was an Air Force linguist who studied Farsi and other languages. According to the Department of Justice, she was a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation and had been assigned to a government agency facility in Georgia since Feb. 13. She had top secret clearance.

Winner with her mother in her U.S. Air Force uniform.

Winner with her mother in her U.S. Air Force uniform.

Image: via storyful

She last posted on her Facebook page a day before her arrest. She shared many videos of her working out, and posted often about CrossFit and lifting.

‘Very passionate’

Her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, spoke to the Daily Beast Sunday and told the publication that Winner is “very passionate,” but her mother didn’t think she’d even been active in politics. The family didn’t know much about her new job as a government contractor. 

Winners last Facebook post the day before her arrest showed some of that passion.

She strongly opposed the Dakota Access Pipeline and had posted about it often with anti-Trump hashtags.

Online reaction

While some were already calling Winner a traitor and worse, others have come out to support the whistleblower, like Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks.

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Someone’s already been arrested for allegedly leaking an NSA report to The Intercept

The story of a leaked NSA report detailing Russia’s alleged attempts to infiltrate US voting infrastructure ahead of the 2016 presidential election just took a sharply unexpected turn. 

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, has been arrested and is in custody, with officials saying they have identified her as the source of the documents leaked to The Intercept.

The Intercept broke the story of the National Security Agency report on June 5, noting that it “indicates that Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood.” 

This was based on leaked documents provided to the site, which, allegedly before going public with the story, showed them to NSA officials to confirm their authenticity. 

This, reportedly, is where the publication known for its security-conscious reporters may have messed up. 

The government affidavit states that The Intercept showed them “folded and/or creased” documents, “suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space.” This clue was enough for officials to “determine who accessed the intelligence reporting since its publication, and, after seeing that “six individuals printed this reporting,” narrow the list of suspects down. 

Importantly, if we are to take the government at its word,  investigators could have conceivably identified the leaker regardless of the folded nature of the docs. That’s because the alleged source had “e-mail contact” with The Intercept—possibly from her work computer. She also, allegedly, printed the material out at work. 

Either way, the arrest is a blow for the national security-focused Intercept. The site takes pains to detail secure ways for sources to share info with it in a page titled “The Intercept Welcomes Whistleblowers.”

“So whether you are in government or the private sector, if you become aware of behavior that you believe is unethical, illegal, or damaging to the public interest, consider sharing your information securely with us,” the webpage explains. “We’ve taken steps to make sure that people can leak to us as safely as possible.”

Under the section “What not to do if you want to remain anonymous,” the top piece of advice is “Don’t contact us from work.”

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New leaked photos reportedly reveal the final design of the iPhone 8

The next iPhones' designs, two of which will be just like the 7 and 7 Plus pictured here, could be settled.
The next iPhones’ designs, two of which will be just like the 7 and 7 Plus pictured here, could be settled.

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We’ve officially gone beyond the iPhone 8 specs and supply chain rumor phase — now we’re in full-on production photo leak territory.

New leaked images purported to be the molds used to make the new iPhone models have hit the web, surfacing first on Slashleaks. The pics give us a sneak peek at what could be the final design of the upcoming iPhone 8 — the molds fall in line with what we’re expecting from Apple in its next line of phones, and appear to be identical to other recently leaked images of a dummy version of the phone.

The images on Slashleaks aren’t the only photos of the iPhone 8 molds. Graphic designer and leaker Benjamin Geskin also posted photos of the molds, which look just like the dummy model he first shared back in April. He tweeted that the upcoming iPhone designs have been confirmed by these images — but that ultimately can’t be determined until we hear from Apple itself. 

The molds show the three models expected from Apple in its next iPhone cycle: a 7S and 7S Plus  — with the same dimensions as the current 7 and 7 Plus handsets at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively —and the deluxe iPhone 8 handset measuring in the middle at around 5 inches. The 8 is expected to take advantage of an edge-to-edge design for more screen space, with a projected 5.8-inch display, but there’s no insight on the screen size from the molds, which only show the shells of the devices.    

These production molds don’t show us anything we haven’t already seen from other iPhone leaks. The 7S and 7S Plus rigs have the same camera orientations as the current models, while the 8 has the expected vertically-oriented design that was teased in the photos of the dummy units. 

The leaked images also suggest the next iPhone’s fingerprint sensor won’t be on the back of the device — Geskin is extremely confident Apple won’t repeat Samsung’s mistake — but, like the size of the screen, there’s no way to know from just a production mold. Geskin speculates the sensor will actually make it under the display, which has been a long held rumor, or it could be integrated into the power button on the side of the device.  

These photos give the rumors of the “finalized” version of the iPhone 8 that’ve been floating around some more legitimacy, but remember, nothing about the new iPhones is set in stone — not the supposedly exorbitant price or even its name — until Apple officially unveils the upcoming devices. That probably won’t be until September, barring a shocker in June at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), so a real, 100 percent confirmation is still months away.

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This sketchy mockup claims to be the finalized design of the iPhone 8

The successor to the iPhone 7 Plus (seen above) could look just like these leaked pics.
The successor to the iPhone 7 Plus (seen above) could look just like these leaked pics.

Image: lili sams/mashable

We’ve heard a ton about what’s probably coming with the iPhone 8 — but we still don’t even know for sure if Apple has even decided on the flagship’s final design.  

The company’s indecisiveness about the final version of the flagship’s anniversary model has reportedly been one of the factors in its rumored delay, along with more technical issues, like how to embed a thumbprint sensor beneath its touted OLED display.  

BGR shared a set of images purporting to show a rough mockup based on Apple’s final design, giving us a look at what might be the future of the iPhone. The device shown in the pics, which the site obtained “exclusively” from unnamed sources, was supposedly based on schematics leaked from the factories that will actually produce the devices. It’s not a working model or even a prototype — just a physical proof of concept.  

Though chances that this is the actual design are slim, the rough mockup shows some features we’ve been expecting based on other leaks: an edge-to-edge screen with no visible bezels, no physical home button, and an all glass and stainless steel sandwich design that harkens back to the iPhone 4.

The mockup’s rear has the expected vertically-oriented dual camera rig, but what’s more important is what we don’t see: a rear fingerprint scanner, like Samsung had to settle for on the Galaxy S8.

BGR claimed the images posted were an “exclusive first look” at the iPhone 8’s final design — but the device shown in the photos appears to be identical to pictures of another “dummy” device posted by designer Benjamin Gaskin last month. That handset was more explicitly said to be based on specs leaked from a source at Apple’s manufacturer, Foxconn. 

Geskin updated the leaked images using his design chops and insight from other leaks to show off what that version of the design might look in its final form. Only the slightest hint of a bezel remains at the top of the device for the front facing camera, while the rear dual camera and the Apple logo have been spruced up from the original pictures. 

There’s likely no way to know whether the device shown in BGR’s pics is the same as the one originally posted by Geskin — just like there’s no way to confirm that Apple has actually settled on this (or any) design as its final choice for the next iPhone. The company doesn’t comment on rumors, and holds its secrets as close to the chest as it can until its breathless keynote events. 

The chances of this being the actual iPhone 8 design are low, especially without any additional specs to go along with the images. Until we hear from Apple, though — which will more than likely happen in September, not at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) event in June — we won’t know for sure.

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The OnePlus 5 could be the phone that destroys Samsung’s Galaxy S8

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Hold on to your butts because the mother of all leaks for the OnePlus 5, one of the most anticipated phones of the year, has hit the interwebs.

If these are indeed the specs for the OnePlus 5, which we’ve confirmed arrives this summer, then Samsung and every other Android phone maker might be in trouble.

The leak from Slashleaks lays out all of the OnePlus 5’s specs, most of which corroborate the few rumors we’ve heard before.

According to the leak, the OnePlus 5’s dimensions will be virtually identical to the OnePlus 3T’s, with it being just 0.1 inches thinner. The phone will stick to a 5.5-inch screen, but the resolution will get upgraded from 1080p to Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 resolution).

The phone will reportedly run Android 7.1 Nougat, most likely with the company’s own lightweight and customizable “Oxygen OS” skin on top.

Underneath the hood will most likely be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a colossal 4,000 mAh battery — which dwarfs both the iPhone 7 Plus’ 2,900 mAh battery and the Galaxy S8+’s 3,500 mAh battery. It’ll reportedly come with dual nano SIM card slots and a microSD card for storage expansion up to 128GB.

For cameras, the OnePlus 5’s said to have a 23-megapixel shooter on the back and a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The leak mentions nothing about dual cameras on the back — a feature that India Today claimed last month will definitely be present.

The leak notes the phone will have a 3.5mm headphone jack (yay!) and a mono speaker (boo!). Unfortunately, it looks like OnePlus might pass on waterproofing the phone again.

These unconfirmed specs blow past all of this year’s flagship Android phones, including the Galaxy S8, LG G6 and last year’s Google Pixel, but the more important thing will be the OnePlus 5’s price. Without a fancy curved screen, wireless charging, or water-resistance, OnePlus will need to attract attention with a price that’s considerably less than what the premium competition sells for. 

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