Woman charged with top-secret leak denied bond

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 10, 2017

The parents of a USA government contractor charged with leaking classified documents to a news organization insist she's not a flight risk and should be released from jail before her trial.

The plan, which victor reportedly discussed with her sister from the Georgia detention center where she resides, is somewhat hypocritical since she has said on social media that "being white is terrorism".

A federal grand jury has indicted a woman accused of leaking classified documents to a news organization. The NSA report, dated May 5, provides details of a 2016 Russian cyberattack on a United States voting software supplier, though there is no evidence the hack affected any votes.

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.

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Prosecutors also said 25-year-old Reality Winner might try to flee the USA if released on bond.

Still, Davis-Winner insisted her daughter wasn't a threat - and said the mom still has every reason to be "proud of that girl". The federal crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if she's convicted.

Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, and stepfather, Gary Davis, took the stand in her defense telling the court that their daughter had never been in trouble and had served her country for six years.

The federal contractor was charged with leaking information regarding a purported 2016 Russian military intelligence cyberattack to The Intercept, an online news outlet. Russian hackers attacked at least one USA voting software supplier days before the 2016 presidential election, according to a classified NSA report leaked Monday, June 5, 2017, that suggests election-related hacking penetrated further into US voting systems than previously known. The NSA report was dated May 5, the same as the document victor is charged with leaking.

"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. Victor also told the Federal Bureau of Investigation she sought out and printed classified information, according to Solari. "So she's got a lot of valuable information in her head". She said authorities don't know what happened to the drive or what was on it.

Winner's defense attorney Titus Nichols argued the government was 'scraping and clawing to build a mountain out of a molehill' while maintaining the alleged NSA leaker should be released on bail because she had no history of violence and that the government had produced no evidence, noting that victor 'had been interrogated by 10 law enforcement officers in her home'.

Solari countered that Winner's political agenda mattered more to her than her oath to protect secrets entrusted to her, adding that she might be tempted to flee if further charges were brought in the continuing investigation. "But we do know she's very intelligent". She's never ran away from anything in her life.

Solari argued that victor isn't the upstanding young woman her parents believe her to be. She has no record.

"Whether that's a jest or not, it still concerns me", Epps said.

But on Twitter Winner followed Snowden, WikiLeaks, several accounts with links to the hacking collective, Anonymous, and several "alt" government agency accounts that became popular after Trump's inauguration. They seized items including cellphones, computers and Winner's passport.

Solari said victor also confessed to her mother during a recorded jailhouse phone call, saying: "Mom, those documents".

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