No bond for woman accused of leaking top-secret documents

Tabitha Dunn
June 14, 2017

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. Solari said investigators have learned victor inserted a portable hard drive in a top-secret Air Force computer before she left the military previous year.

Her mother, Billie Winner, said her daughter wasn't especially political and had not praised past leakers such as Snowden to her.

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The charge carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. Before she was charged with leaking USA government secrets, Reality Leigh Winner shared sometimes scathing opinions on President Donald Trump and his policies for the whole world to see.

A judge has scheduled a hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court to determine whether to allow victor to be released on bond pending trial. She was arrested Saturday by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on charges that she made copies of a classified report containing top-secret information and mailed it to an online news organization.

Winner's parents testified in support of her request to be released from jail on bond, describing their daughter as a church-going patriot who volunteered for the military and was never previously in trouble. But the Justice Department announced Winner's arrest Monday as The Intercept reported it had obtained a classified National Security Agency report suggesting Russian hackers attacked a USA voting software supplier before last year's presidential election.

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 US voting software supply company.

Her court-appointed attorney, Titus Nichols, told CNN he was unable to confirm Tuesday that the Twitter account was Winner's.

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According to the indictment, victor obtained top secret clearance during her six years in the Air Force, which she completed in December.

The case against victor, who worked for NSA contractor Pluribus International Corporation in August, Georgia, appears formidable.

The NSA document in question provided technical details on what it said were Russian attempts to hack election officials in the United States and a voting-machine firm before the presidential election in November, two USA officials with knowledge of the case have confirmed to Reuters.

The document that victor allegedly leaked was a report detailing attempts by hackers from Russian military intelligence to penetrate a company that sells voter registration software as well as local election officials.

And there was a notation in one notebook, Solari said in which victor purportedly wrote, "I want to burn the White House down".

The Intercept said the NSA report was dated May 5 - the same date court records cited for the documents victor is accused of leaking.

Winner posted under a pseudonym, Sara Winners, but didn't seem concerned with concealing her identity, using a photo of herself as a profile picture and posting a selfie in February. Davis said she became a linguist, speaking Arabic and Farsi, and spent four years assigned to the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.

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

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