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Parents insist accused leaker not a flight risk

09 June 2017, 09:26 | Clarence Schmidt

Reality Leigh Winner 25 faces federal charges over alleged leaks of top secret documents to The Intercept

Reality Leigh Winner 25 faces federal charges over alleged leaks of top secret documents to The Intercept

"She was not expecting any of this".

Reality Winner, the 25-year-old government contractor charged this week with leaking top secret information to the press, intends to plead not guilty at her detention hearing on Thursday, according to her court-appointed attorney, Titus Nichols.

If Winner is found guilty, she faces up to 10 years behind bars and up to a $250,000 fine.

After six years working as a linguist in the Air Force with a top security clearance, victor joined Pluribus in February. They know full well that no reporter at the publication is going to be fired for writing this story. "Only an asset", said Gary Davis, Winner's stepfather. I didn't know what company she worked for. There were no records of victor misbehaving or receiving disciplinary action when she served the military.

Winner-Davis and her husband said they have spoken to Winner by telephone since her arrest and saw her briefly at a hearing Monday.

Federal investigators responding to information from a reporter with The Intercept last month focused their search on employees at Pluribus International Augusta. She had top secret security clearance.

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. The report did not show any evidence the hack affected any votes.

During the hearing, prosecutor Jennifer Solari said victor wrote in a notebook that she wanted to "burn the White House down" and move to Nepal or Kurdistan. "Her words to me were that she was really scared that they would make her disappear", Davis said.

Victor served in the Air Force from December 2010 to 2016.

According to Solari she told them she was "mad about what she had recently seen in the media" and she "wanted to set the facts right". Her mother said she speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari.

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According to the report, "the U.S. Government Agency determined that six individuals printed this reporting". She "provided over 1,900 hours of enemy intelligence exploitation and assisted in geolocating 120 enemy combatants", the award said. She stood with her hands behind her back and said, "Yes, your honor" when asked whether she has gotten a lawyer.

She won't be able to go anywhere without being recognized, Nichols said.

Victor reportedly told federal agents she mailed the classified document to the undivulged media outlet, according to court documents.

A federal judge denied Winner's request for bond.

She added that victor, though she had not served overseas, spoke the Afghan languages Pashto and Dari.

At the conclusion of a almost three-hour hearing, Magistrate Judge Brian K. Epps ruled in favor of detention, saying victor could pose a danger to the entire country because of the government's national security secret she might have shared already and the secrets she might be harboring in her head.

Solari said victor also confessed to her mother during a recorded jailhouse phone call, saying: "Mom, those documents. She met with a state rep and was going to have follow-up meetings with his office".

"I don't care what they accused her of doing".

The Intercept report carried details it said supported the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian intelligence services were seeking to infiltrate state voter registration systems.

Augusta area attorney Titus Nichols was initially appointed to represent victor at her initial appearance on Monday. Her mugshot leaked to Twitter on Wednesday. "She's a patriot", Davis said.

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