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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner

14 June 2017

Mugshot of Reality Winner, who is being held at Lincoln County Jail in Georgia.

Victor pleaded "not guilty" at the detention hearing in federal court.

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a government contractor who worked with the National Security Agency, has been charged with providing the "top secret" document to online news outlet The Intercept.

Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the AP that she fears "they're going to try to make an example out of her because of the political climate right now". Victor remained locked up Tuesda. Winner's mother said her daughter was "terrified" when she returned to her Augusta home Saturday to find armed federal agents waiting for her.

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File).

Reuters/Larry DowningAn aerial view of the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Ft.

The leaked document reportedly provides information about a Russian cyberattack that was conducted on a USA voting software supplier prior to the November election. Prosecutors said during a raid at Winner's house, they seized some "disturbing" notebook entries that made victor a flight risk and danger to the public if she was released before trial, reports said.

Federal investigators responding to information from a reporter with The Intercept last month focused their search on employees at Pluribus International Augusta.

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Victor spent much of that six year career as an air force linguist in Maryland.

Winner posted on Twitter as Sara Winners but didn't seem too concerned with concealing her identity.

"My client is innocent until proven guilty and we plan to enter a plea of not guilty", Winner's attorney, Titus Nichols, told NBC News.

The mother of a US government contractor charged with leaking classified documents to a news organization worries that prosecutors will make an example out of her daughter "because of the political climate right".

Victor grew up in Kingsville, Texas, and enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school.

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

Reality Winner has been denied bond in an Augusta federal courtroom. Her parents spoke to Anderson Cooper Tuesday night, expressing shock that their daughter was arrested.

It's the same charge federal authorities used to arrest victor, a government contractor and former Air Force linguist, after FBI agents interviewed her and searched her Augusta home Saturday. She has no record.

Snowden said the Espionage Act left no room to consider the public benefit of the information leaked as opposed to leaking information with the intent to harm the country.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner