Accused NSA leaker Reality Winner to plead not guilty

WikiLeaks, the organization which is a conduit for secret documents, said it was offering a $10,000 reward "for information leading to the public exposure & termination of this 'reporter'".

"A criminal complaint was filed in the Southern District of Georgia today charging Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a federal contractor from Augusta, Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 793 (e)".

At the bail hearing Thursday, prosecutors told U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps that they had uncovered additional information, including what they described as "disturbing" notebook entries, that made victor a flight risk and danger to the public if she is released before trial.

Winner's family made the case for her release in several media interviews.

According to court documents, a federal grand jury indicted 25-year-old Reality Winner on a single count - "willful retention and transmission of national defense information".

According to CNN, attorney Titus Nichols said a detention hearing will take place on Thursday, where the judge will determine whether to release victor on bond. "The same is true of the FBI's claims about how it came to arrest victor". Reporters gathered Tuesday outside Winner's small, red-brick home in a neighborhood dotted with overgrown yards and houses in disrepair. Court records say victor held a top-secret security clearance. "I don't know how to explain it". She provided support to missions and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 2016, which is for members who have "distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service".

An FBI affidavit says victor confessed to copying and mailing the classified report when agents searched her home last Saturday.

If Winner was that careless with top-secret documents, she definitely deserved to be caught, no matter her intentions.

"Mainly she was concerned about her cat", Winner-Davis said. Winner-Davis said she never expected her daughter would be accused of leaking information.

Winner, 25, was arrested by the FBI Saturday, hours after The Intercept published a secret NSA report alleging Russian interference in United States voting machine software.

"There's not much to comment on right now as far as whether there is a connection between my client and Intercept", Nichols told NPR.

ABC's Justice Correspondent, Pierre Thomas, spoke glowingly of victor, and the closest he came to discussing her social media accounts was to comment on her Facebook videos "discussing yoga instruction and competing in weightlifting".

"Who knows how she got hold of it", he said.

She added: "I'm terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media".

But Winner's Facebook page does mention reaching out to Sen.

He contacted the NSA on June 1 to inform the US agency of his interaction with the reporter from The Intercept.

"Whether that's a jest or not, it still concerns me", the judge said, according to the AP. The New York Times reports that victor became a contractor with the National Security Agency earlier this year after leaving the Air Force, moving to Georgia to work out of a government eavesdropping center there.

Burgess, the ex-CIA agent, said the fact that victor was able to leave the building with a copy of a classified report raises questions about the facility itself.

Prosecutors said they also found the names of three known Islamic extremists in Winner's notebook, reported Reuters.

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Victor and those who share her view that Trump should be thrown out of office have every right to their opinions.

Investigators said in court records that they wanted to search her property for a variety of computer information as well as possible contacts with media outlets as well as any possible contacts with "foreign governments, foreign powers, or agents of foreign powers".

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