Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Woman accused of leak indicted, faces detention hearing

Woman accused of leak indicted, faces detention hearing

Bond was denied Thursday afternoon for Reality Leigh Winner, an Augusta woman who is suspected of leaking a classified document to an online news agency.

On Twitter, Winner posted about leaks and regularly took to social media to blast President Donald Trump, though her Twitter activity dropped off significantly after she began working for Pluribus in February.

FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Six employees had access to the document - a detailed account of how Russian military intelligence attacked a USA voting software company and spear-phished emails to more than 100 local election officials.

While the document doesn't say the hacking changed any votes, the publication said it "raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results".

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A young woman charged with leaking USA government secrets to a reporter poses no flight risk if she's released from pre-trial confinement, her parents said, though they fear prosecutors will seek to use the case to send a tough message from the Trump administration.

Winner's mother, Billie-Jean Davis, said she's anxious the Trump administration - which has been focused on shutting down the constant stream of leaks - is going to try to make an example of her.

"My client has no (criminal) history, so it's not as if she has a pattern of having done anything like this before", Nichols said in a phone interview Monday.

We know the Georgia woman accused of leaking classified NSA information to an online news outlet will stay in prison until trial.

"The focus tomorrow will not necessarily be on whether or not she committed the crime that she's been accused of the focus will be on one or two things, whether or not she is a flight risk, or whether or not we can do some things that will assure that she will show up for trial or court appearances when they are scheduled". She has been jailed in neighboring Lincoln County since her arrest.

"I didn't know what company she worked for", Winner-Davis said.

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"I know that she's scared".

Winner's attorney, Titus Nichols, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday. "There's no reason to hold her".

Winner, a 25-year-old former Air Force linguist, yoga instructor, and former contractor at one of the National Security Agency's (NSA) eavesdropping center in Georgia, leaked a top-secret intelligence report about the Russians interfering with the American election, The New York Times reports.

While the charges do not name the publication, two USA officials with knowledge of the case confirmed that victor was charged with leaking the NSA report to The Intercept.

Reality Winner, the government contractor who leaked top-secret NSA intelligence detailing Russia's alleged interference, was arrested Saturday. But with no prior history, that can't be said of victor.

Winner-Davis said her daughter wasn't especially political and had never praised past leakers such as Edward Snowden to her.

"She offered up her life for this nation and to see her treated so vilely is an insult to every person who's ever worn a uniform", Davis said.

Solari argued that victor isn't the upstanding young woman her parents believe her to be.

The judge denied bond after prosecutors argued that victor could be recruited by the nation's enemies if she were released on bail.

In a court affidavit filed late Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it searched Winner's home and seized her US passport, two spiral-bound notebooks, two laptop computers and other computer equipment, and a Department of Defense-issued country handbook for Iran. The media outlet can't be prosecuted for publishing the documents even if they were stolen thanks to First Amendment protections. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. She "provided over 1,900 hours of enemy intelligence exploitation and assisted in geolocating 120 enemy combatants", the award said.

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