Woman Charged In Leaking Document Denied Bail

NSA contractor Reality Winner wanted to 'burn the White House down,' federal prosecutors say

The intelligence industry contractor who is accused of giving journalists a highly classified report about Russian interference in the US election will plead not guilty, her lawyer told NBC News on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old USA government contractor has worked since February in Augusta, Georgia, for a federal agency that neither prosecutors nor her defense lawyer will name and where she had access to sensitive documents.

The federal government has charged her with "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet".

In court, federal prosecutors said victor told a federal agent on Saturday that she purposely accessed the information, hoping that someone would have leaked it already, ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV reported.

A judge in Augusta denied Reality Winner bail Thursday in federal court.

Winner's lawyer told Martin that during today's hearing, he plans to request that she be released on bond pending trial.

That classified material victor is accused of leaking is reportedly a top-secret document about Russian interference in the US presidential election.

The criminal complaint against victor did not link the charges with the story, but a senior federal official confirmed to NBC News that victor is the accused leaker of the document published by The Intercept. Prosecutors don't think victor is a jihadist or terrorist sympathizer, they say that before she left the military, she inserted an external hard drive into a top-secret computer there.

She is accused of leaking classified information, used as the basis for an article published Monday by The Intercept, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo.

Victor faces a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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

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Winner posted under a pseudonym, Sara Winners, but didn't seem concerned with concealing her identity, using a photo of herself as a profile picture and posting a selfie in February.

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"She served her nation with distinguished honor".

Victor has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a single count, but the government said it would likely add to the indictment.

Because of her training, the indictment contends, victor knew disclosure of the document could endanger national security.

She's an Air Force veteran and works for a defense contractor. "And she felt like she needed to give them what they were asking for at the time", Winner-Davis said.

In this June 6, 2017 image made from video, Billie Winner-Davis, left, the mother of Reality Leigh Winner, and her stepfather Gary Davis, speak to media about their daughter in east Augusta, Ga. She has absolutely no history of violence, and her alleged confession came after being confronted by 10 armed federal agents at her home Saturday, he said.

"She said. she was very scared", her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night.

The judge said, however, he believed the government had made its case that victor should be held without bond.

The hackers are believed to have then used data from that operation to create a new email account to launch a spear-phishing campaign targeting USA local government organisations, the document said.

Gary Davis said his stepdaughter isn't a flight risk.

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