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

She is the first person to be criminally charged with leaking classified information under the Trump administration, which has vowed to crack down on leaks.

Winner's mother said she was stunned when her daughter called over the weekend, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had come to her home and she was being arrested.

Winner, shackled at the feet and wearing an orange jumpsuit in court, said little during Thursday's proceeding, except to reply, "Not guilty, your honor", when asked for her plea, and to answer "yes" and "no" to procedural questions put to her by the judge. That material, presumably because of the timing of Winner's arrest, is an NSA report about efforts by Russian military intelligence to execute a cyberattack on an American election software company, as well as sending "spear-phishing" emails to local election officials, just before the presidential election.

Victor is set to go before US Magistrate Judge Brian Epps for a detention hearing Thursday in Augusta, Nichols said. She was arrested Saturday. This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner.

Victor was held at the jail in Lincoln County, Georgia, where she had an 11-minute court appearance. "And she felt like she needed to give them what they were asking for at the time", Winner-Davis said. A grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday in U.S. District Court charging her with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information.

She served six years in the Air Force before she moved to Georgia early this year, according to her mother, Billie Winner-Davis.

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, is accused of "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", according to a federal complaint.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A young woman accused of leaking US government secrets to a reporter was indicted by a federal grand jury as she awaited a court hearing Thursday to determine whether she must remain jailed pending a trial. FILE - In this June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before the 2016 presidential election, acco. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had already apprehended victor by the time The Intercept published the report.




Gary Davis, Winner's stepfather, said she turned down a full college scholarship to join the Air Force.

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.

On social media, victor mostly shared glimpses into her life far removed from politics - such as watching Dr.

Although Winner strongly expressed violent reactions against Trump's presidency, she appears to be an enthusiastic, talented, healthy, and animal-loving individual among her peers. She has no record. "There's no reason to hold her". Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before the 2016 presidential election, acco. Bernie Sanders supporter, was arrested Saturday and is being charged specifically for stealing "Top Secret" documents from the NSA and relaying it to online publication The Intercept.

Victor is a former Air Force linguist who now works as a USA government contractor.

"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. During that time, he said, victor provided real-time translation to Americans conducting field missions. She "provided over 1,900 hours of enemy intelligence exploitation and assisted in geolocating 120 enemy combatants", the award said. "Her words to me were that she was really scared that they would make her disappear".

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. But the NSA has operated a $286 million complex in Augusta since 2012. 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.

On Facebook, Winner posted concerns about climate change and lamented that "people voted for a soulless ginger orangutan".

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