Federal Grand Jury Indicts Accused NSA Leaker Reality Winner

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Mugshot of Reality Winner, who is being held at Lincoln County Jail in Georgia. Winner, is being held for federal authorities at the Lincoln County, Ga., jail.

Winner, a 25-year-old national government contractor based out of Augusta, Ga., was charged Monday with sending a classified report about Russia's interference in the 2016 election to a reporter at The Intercept.

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. Victor remained locked up Tuesday, June 6 on federal charges that she made copies of classified documents containing top-secret material and mailed them to an online news organization.

NSA leaker Reality Winner will plead not guilty to charges she leaked classified information to a reporter, her lawyer told NPR Wednesday. Six employees had access to the document - a detailed account of how Russian military intelligence attacked a US voting software company and spear-phished emails to more than 100 local election officials. In a notebook found at her home, victor reportedly wrote, "I want to burn the White House down".

The indictment filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges 25-year-old Reality Winner with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information.

Winner, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking classified information.

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

The details in the case suggest that she is the source for the Intercept's report on Monday about a May 5 NSA intelligence report that describes two cyberattacks carried out by Russian government hackers against a USA voting software supplier before the 2016 election. "They say they were able to narrow down the source using the unique "microdots" in the printout, which identify the source printer, as well as the fact that victor had been in email contact with a news outlet, presumed to be The Intercept".

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Prosecutors warned U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps that victor might have more stolen secrets. "But she's now the poster child for every bad thing that happens, and the government is going to prosecute her as if she's the number one threat to national security, and she's not", Winner's stepfather, Gary Davis, said. "I don't know what she did when she went to work". "I'm terrified for her right now because of the news, the climate, the social media".

"We don't know how much more she knows and how much more she remembers", Solari said.

"This heroic young woman put her life on the line for USA and this is how we repay her", wrote Cherie Fazekas. "So she's got a lot of valuable information in her head". She's never run away from anything in her life. "The government is scraping and clawing to build a mountain out of a molehill".

Winner-Davis said she's still "a proud mom" amid what's going on.

In February, in the wake of Trump issuing his ban on travelers from several Muslim majority nations, she said: "the most risky entry to this country was the orange fascist we let into the white house".

"If she made this mistake", Davis said, "it needs to be balanced against what she has done in the past and how she has served this country".

"Whether that's a jest or not, it still concerns me", Epps said.

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