A federal contractor was arrested over the weekend and accused of leaking a top secret report on Russian hacking efforts during the 2016 presidential election, FoxNews.com reported.
Reality Leigh Winner, 25, appeared in U.S. District Court in Augusta, Ga., to face one charge of removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, the Justice Department said Monday.
On "Varney & Co." today, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that Winner leaking the report the The Intercept is probably an act of espionage.
"It's the same espionage that some of us said Hillary Clinton committed by failure to safeguard state secrets," Napolitano said.
He argued, however, that the information in the report is important and the American people have a right to know about it.
Napolitano added on "The Story" that Winner's arrest "helped the president" by giving "irrefutable proof" that the Russians tried to alter the election outcome.
He explained that an important revelation to emerge from the leaked report is that Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent so-called "spear-phishing" emails to more than 100 local election officials at the end of October or beginning of November.
"We now know that the Russians materially and substantially attempted to affect the outcome of local state and national elections," Napolitano said. "In this instance, it had nothing to do with the Trump campaign."
"To me, she's closer to Snowden than she is to being a traitor," he said. "She revealed a level of Russian interference with our democratic system and our incompetence in keeping the Russians out that is so substantial we the voters and the people have a right to know about it."
Watch more above, and watch the judge's appearance earlier on FBN below: