Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner

Mugshot of Reality Winner, who is being held at Lincoln County Jail in Georgia.

A federal judge ordered that victor remain held without bond after prosecutors argued during Thursday's three-hour hearing that she posed a flight risk and public danger, citing what they called "disturbing" comments found in her notebook. Victor charged with leaking US governmen. She has been jailed in neighboring Lincoln County since her arrest, according to a booking report released by the sheriff. Victor remained locked up Tuesda.

It will be hard for Winner to get a fair trial if her case becomes "this big thing where we're not going to tolerate leakers", Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Associated Press in an interview.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File).

Winner's is the latest in a string of cases involving breaches at the National Security Agency, a super secret code-breaking agency still smarting from Edward Snowden's 2013 disclosures of its global surveillance programs.

The document said Russian military intelligence "executed cyber espionage operations against a named US company in August 2016 evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions, according to information that became available in April 2017".

Winner's attorney, Titus Thomas Nichols, declined to confirm whether she is accused of leaking the NSA report received by The Intercept.

A judge scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to determine whether to allow victor to be released from pre-trial confinement. In a notebook found at her home, victor reportedly wrote, "I want to burn the White House down".

Government contractor Reality Winner made explosive comments about burning down the White House in notebooks the Federal Bureau of Investigation found in her Augusta, Georgia, residence, according to a prosecutor who spoke in U.S. District Court on Thursday. She could face up to a 10-year sentence.

Reality Leigh Winner, the government contractor charged with leaking classified information, has been denied bail after it was revealed that she also downloaded classified information from a computer with a thumb drive.

The intelligence agency was contacted by the news outlet on May 30 regarding an upcoming story, saying it was in possession of what appeared to be a classified document.

The intelligence industry contractor who is accused of giving journalists a highly classified report about Russian interference in the USA election will plead not guilty, her lawyer told NBC News on Wednesday.

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The criminal complaint against victor did not link the charge against her 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.

Victor is a former Air Force linguist who now works as a USA government contractor.

On Thursday, Winner's mother and stepfather described the young woman they knew, one who gave up a full scholarship to study engineering at Texas A&M to join the Air Force after graduating from high school.

We talked more with Cox about his reporting on the situation. "But we do know she's very intelligent".

But in February, when she got a job in Augusta as a defense contractor, her tweeting went cold. He says she has never ran away from anything and there's no reason to hold her.

"The government is scrapping and crawling to build a mountain out of a mole hill", Nichols said. She is a victor.

In her spare time, victor lifted weights and taught the occasional yoga class.

When prosecutors questioned Winner-Davis about her daughter telling her to "play that angle", she said it was true. He also mentioned her written comment about burning the White House.

The four factors he had to consider: the type of offense, the weight of the evidence, Winner's character and the potential danger to the community or the risk of flight, Epps said.

Winner, the prosecutor said, had notes about software to enter the "dark" web anonymously, to change SIM card on cell phone to use anonymously, and setting up a single-use, burner email account.

"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.

Garrick's affidavit said he interviewed victor at her home Saturday and she "admitted intentionally identifying and printing the classified intelligence reporting at issue" and mailing it to the news outlet.

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