Alleged leaker's parents fear Trump will be tough on case

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Winner's lawyer Titus Thomas Nichols had told the Daily News that his client, whose alleged leak was published by The Intercept on Monday, should be released because she is not likely to reoffend and has no criminal record.

A USA intelligence contractor charged with leaking a classified National Security Agency report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is scheduled to appear at a detention hearing late Thursday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia.Reality Leigh Winner, 25, was indicted on Wednesday on charges that she removed classified material from a government facility in Georgia and handed it to a news agency while working as a contractor with Pluribus International Corp.

According to the Justice Department affidavit, the reporter showed an Augusta, Ga. -based intelligence contracting company leaked documents he had received postmarked from Augusta, believing that firm might have been the source. The report did not show any evidence the hack affected any votes.

According to a court document filed Tuesday evening, agents took four phones, two laptops and an Amazon tablet when Winner's home in the 1900 block of Battle Row was searched Saturday.

In its announcement of the arrest, the Justice Department said victor, 25, of Augusta, Georgia, has been charged in U.S. District Court with copying classified documents and mailing them to a reporter with an unnamed news organization.

The charge victor faces carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"She offered up her life for this nation and to see her treated so vilely is an insult to every person who's ever worn a uniform", Davis said.

The 25-year-old leaked the top-secret report to The Intercept, who subsequently published the classified material after victor allegedly sent it to the online news outlet by mail.

She was, however, denied bail, CNN reports. Because Winner mentioned "documents" ― rather than a single document ― investigators are now looking into whether she has other classified information, Solari said. They say written in one of those notebooks was "burn down the White House".


It will be hard for 25-year-old Reality Winner to get a fair trial if her case becomes "this big thing where we're not going to tolerate leakers", Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday.

Her mother has said victor was a specialist in Pashto, Farsi and Dari, languages spoken in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

The Intercept provided the USA government agency with a copy of the document, according to the complaint.

"The document victor allegedly leaked is the same one used as the basis for the article published on Monday by The Intercept, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo".

Winner's mother and stepfather told ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta earlier this week that victor, an Air Force veteran, is a patriot.

She's an Air Force veteran and works for a defense contractor.

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, is accused of passing the top secret National Security Agency report to The Intercept last month while working with Pluribus International Corp, which provides analytical services for USA defense and intelligence.

A Georgia woman charged with leaking USA government secrets to a reporter shared sometimes scathing opinions on President Donald Trump before her arrest. O'Donnell has since been praising victor via Twitter, caller her a "patriot".

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. Numerous accounts claim to be run by agency employees unhappy with Trump. Kip Grosenick reported from Augusta, Georgia.

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