No bond for woman accused of leaking top-secret documents

Francis Osborne
June 14, 2017

Reality Winner of Augusta, Ga., is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner.

Victor pleaded "not guilty" at the detention hearing in federal court. Prosecutors said during a raid at Winner's house, they seized some "disturbing" notebook entries that made victor a flight risk and danger to the public if she was released before trial, reports said.

Her mother told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday she fears prosecutors will try to use the case to send a tough message that "we're not going to tolerate leakers".

The federal government has charged her with "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet". Victor charged with leaking USA governmen.

25-year-old Reality Winner was working in Augusta when federal agents say she leaked classified U.S documents allegedly detailing a 2016 Russian military intelligence cyber-attack on a USA voting software supply company.

Winner, 25, works for a private contractor, Pluribus International Corp., in Augusta, Ga., and is an Air Force veteran who speaks three languages. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Justin Garrick said in an affidavit that victor admitted she copied a classified report containing top-secret information and mailed it to an online news organization.

A federal grand jury sitting in Savannah has indicted Reality Leigh Winner on a single count of willful retention and transmission of national defense information.

If convicted, victor faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000, according to court documents.

The Intercept provided the U.S. government agency with a copy of the document, according to the complaint.

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Daniella Silva reported from NY. The 25-year-old intelligence contractor accused of leaking a top secret report on Russian meddling in the U.S. election appears on social media as a smiling young nature lover with an abiding aversion to President Donald Trump.

Investigators say they were able to track victor by observing that the document leaked to The Intercept appeared to be folded, which led them to believe it had been printed out. "She will do whatever you tell her to do if you grant her bond", her stepfather, Gary Winner, told the judge. She said authorities don't know what happened to the drive or what was on it.

Though she was active on social media, victor doesn't appear to have discussed her work online. Nichols said he hasn't seen anything that would lead him to believe victor is guilty of these charges.

"This heroic young woman put her life on the line for United States and this is how we repay her", wrote Cherie Fazekas. She's never run away from anything in her life.

"There's not much to comment on right now as far as whether there is a connection between my client and Intercept", Nichols said. "The government is scraping and clawing to build a mountain out of a molehill".

Victor was taken into custody Saturday by federal agents who executed a search warrant at her home. Investigators found handmade entries at her home during a raid, that said "I want to burn the White House down.find somewhere in Kurdistan to live. She's got a great big heart", Davis said.

"Whether that's a jest or not, it still concerns me", Epps said.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange also has weighed in, praising victor as a young woman "accused of courage in trying to help us know".

"The government is not in any way suggesting the defendant has become a jihadist or that she is a Taliban sympathizer", Solari told the judge. They seized items including cellphones, computers and Winner's passport.

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