Accused leaker Reality Winner pleads not guilty, denied bail

Friday, 09 Jun, 2017

She has been jailed in neighboring Lincoln County since her arrest, according to a booking report released by the sheriff.

In court, federal prosecutors said victor told a federal agent on Saturday that she purposely accessed the information, hoping that someone would have leaked it already, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported. In fact, an online news outlet recently published an article dealing with a leaked, classified NSA document.

The indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges 25-year-old Reality Winner with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information.

In a court affidavit filed late Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it searched Winner's home and seized her passport; two spiral-bound notebooks; two laptop computers and other computer equipment; and a Department of Defense-issued country handbook for Iran.

The former Air Force linguist, who speaks Arabic and Farsi and had a top-secret security clearance, was working as a government contractor in Augusta when she copied and mailed a classified report containing top-secret material to an online news organization, prosecutors say.

The charge carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

The FBI says that victor admitted to "intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting", with the knowledge that the intelligence reporting was classified.

A federal magistrate judge held a detention hearing for Reality Winner Thursday afternoon.

During Tuesday night's interview, Winner-Davis and her husband, Gary Davis, explained that they did not know what was happening with their daughter for several days after her arrest. She's never run away from anything in her life.

She became the first person charged with leaking classified information to the media under the administration of President Donald Trump.

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The criminal complaint against victor did not link the charges with the story, but a senior federal official confirmed to NBC News that victor is the accused leaker of the document published by The Intercept. "Acts of non-elite sources communicating knowledge should be strongly encouraged".

"I want to burn the White House down", prosecutors alleged she wrote in one notebook.

A USA intelligence contractor pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge of leaking a classified report on Russian interference in US elections to a media outlet, and a federal judge denied her request for bail.

"We have the burden of showing that my client is not a risk of committing new offenses, that she's not a risk of fleeing", Nichols said, alluding to his intention to have her released before the trial begins.

On Nov. 9, 2016, while still with the Air Force, Winner used her work computer to google the question: "Do top secret computers know when a thumb drive is inserted?"

"Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation's security and undermines public faith in government", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement after victor was arrested.

This Winner's not going down without a fight.

"This is a 25-year-old girl who served her country with admiration and distinction", Davis said.

Winner's mother told CNN that her daughter isn't especially political and is struggling with the situation.