Accused federal contractor victor pleads not guilty, denied bail

Winner's stepfather, Gary Davis, told The Associated Press that she is "not a flight risk". Her lawyer says he will argue for her release.

In one notation she wrote: "I want to burn the White House down", Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Solari told the judge.

This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner. "Classified information is being given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW". "The NSA report, dated May 5, provides details of a 2016 Russian military intelligence cyberattack on a USA voting software supplier, though there is no evidence that any votes were affected by the hack", CNN reports. A judge denied bond for 25-year-old Reality Winner at the federal courthouse in Augusta on Thursday.

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 USA voting software supply company.

Investigators say they were able to track victor by observing that the document leaked to The Intercept appeared to be folded, which led them to believe it had been printed out.

On Twitter, Winner posted about leaks and regularly took to social media to blast President Donald Trump, though her Twitter activity dropped off significantly after she began working for Pluribus in February.

Victor pleaded "not guilty" at the detention hearing in federal court.

Winner, a 25-year-old national government contractor based out of Augusta, Ga., was charged Monday with sending a classified report about Russia's interference in the 2016 election to a reporter at The Intercept.


The charge against victor carries a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Winner admitted to intentionally printing a copy of the intelligence report in her office and mailing it to the news outlet.

"My biggest fear in all of this, is that she's not going to get a fair trial", her mother Billie Winner-Davis said Tuesday in a CNN interview. The report, which was published online by The Intercept, does not say whether the hacking had any effect on election results. She said that during one of her jailhouse phone calls, which were recorded, victor said she planned to "play that card: being pretty, white and cute".

Shortly after graduating from high school in Kingsville, Texas, where she was a strong tennis and track and field competitor, she opted for military service. She is a former Air Force linguist who speaks Farsi and Arabic.

"Because my client is a millennial and she knows how to use technology, that's somehow proof of evil intent", said Titus Nichols, Winner's defense attorney.

Snowden said the Espionage Act left no room to consider the public benefit of the information leaked as opposed to leaking information with the intent to harm the country.

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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