Grand jury indicts woman in leaked secrets case

Reality Winner, 25, Charged with Leaking Russian Hacking Secrets to News Media

She is expecting to be released on bond Thursday.

25-year-old Reality Winner is charged with Gathering and Transmitting Defense Information.

Victor faces a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. She is a former Air Force linguist who speaks Farsi and Arabic. They say they don't know what happened to it or what it might contain.

Winner-Davis said that despite the allegations she remains "a proud mom". I didn't know what company she worked for. She has no record.

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

Victor allegedly stole the classified material from her employer, Pluribus International, an Augusta, Georgia-based defense contractor that does work for the NSA. 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.

An FBI affidavit says victor confessed to copying and mailing the classified report when agents searched her home Saturday.

"She was afraid she was going to disappear, that they were going to make her disappear".

The four factors he had to consider: the type of offense, the weight of the evidence, Winner's character and the potential danger to the community or the risk of flight, Epps said.




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

Investigators have determined she was one of only six individuals to print the document in question and that she had exchanged emails with the news outlet, according to the criminal complaint.

"The important thing is don't rush into deciding what is true or not true", her court-appointed lawyer Titus Nichols said yesterday.

Before moving to Augusta, Winner served in the U.S. Air Force. "How would she know to access anything? She's got a great big heart", Davis said. "She's a patriot, and to see her maligned and slandered in the media is very disheartening".

Victor has a hearing scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m.at the federal courthouse in Augusta. The judge denied bond. Based on Winner's background, she appeared to be an unlikely suspect.

The FBI said unauthorized disclosure of the secret document "could reasonably result in exceptionally grave damage to the national security", though the government has not alleged that victor sought to share the report with foreign agents. Her mother and step-father have repeatedly pleaded for everyone to treat Reality Winner "fairly". "She's going to be made an example of". She didn't try to hide or scrub anything - including her contacts with The Intercept.

Victor was likely caught due to some apparent oversights in The Intercept's source verification process.

Winner's family made the case for her release in several media interviews. Her mugshot leaked to Twitter on Wednesday.

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.

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