Parents insist accused leaker not a flight risk

Friday, 09 Jun, 2017

Her swift arrest Saturday by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents - even before the document she allegedly stole was posted on news website The Intercept - follows Trump's bitter complaints about leaks from United States probes into Russia's attempt to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.

Victor pleaded not guilty to a charge of "willful retention and transmission of national defense information" this afternoon in federal court in Augusta, Georgia. But the secretive nature of her job didn't stop victor from speaking freely on politics and other topics on social media accounts accessible to anyone.

Victor is accused of "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", according to a federal complaint.

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. She was arrested at her home in Augusta on Saturday.

Friends and family have described victor as passionate and patriotic. In a phone call to her sister, victor said she was willing to use the "pretty white girl" in court and that if she didn't get bond would go nuclear with the media, Golari said. "She believes in always doing what's right". Even if you take all the government allegations as true, it's clear she is neither a threat to public safety nor a flight risk. "Acts of non-elite sources communicating knowledge should be strongly encouraged". She also communicated with employees of the website The Intercept from her work computer. "Sorry", Davis said, crying.

"She still continued to serve after she got out of the Air Force".

She is expecting to be released on bond Thursday.

Winner-Davis interjected that if her daughter is guilty, she knows that "she's ready to pay the price".

Reality Winner was taken into custody in Augusta last weekend by federal marshals and charged with mailing classified information to a news organization - the online news organization, The Intercept. On Monday, right around the time national security watchdog website The Intercept published a classified intelligence report detailing Russian attempts to screw with American elections (including attempts to hack widely-used voter registration software and more than 100 local elections officials across the country), the U.S. Justice Department announced that victor, a former Air Force linguist who was raised in the small South Texas town of Kingsville, had been arrested as the Trump administration's first prosecution of someone under the century-old Espionage Act.

NSA leaker Reality Winner will plead not guilty to charges she leaked classified information to a reporter, her lawyer told NPR Wednesday. The postmark is believed to have been from Augusta, Georgia - where victor lives. Who with her cat and serving her family a vegetarian meal of barbecued jackfruit. "People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation". She went to Belize for three days in May, and she has access to $30,000 to $35,000 of her own savings and over $12,000 raised by a Go Fund Me page, Golari said. David Perdue, R-Ga., after Trump nominated Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

And in an angry reply to a report that Trump said he wasn't hearing complaints about building the Dakota Access oil pipeline, victor wrote on Facebook: "I'm losing my mind".

The 25-year-old's parents say they haven't talked with her much, but they know if she did released classified materials, she's ready to pay the price.

Victor also favorited a February 15 tweet linking to an article about White House press secretary Sean Spicer's reported lax approach to his personal data security and also liked a WikiLeaks tweet linking to a Wall Street Journal reported headlined, "Spies Keep Intelligence From Donald Trump on Leak Concerns". That leaked report was the basis of an article published Monday by The Intercept.

So, guess how many workers in Winner's division printed out that top-secret document? Because Winner mentioned "documents" ― rather than a single document ― investigators are now looking into whether she has other classified information, Solari said.

Asked if victor had confessed, Nichols said, "If there is a confession, the government has not shown it to me".