Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 22:11
The Justice Department announced on Monday that Reality Leigh Winner, who worked with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, was arrested for "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet".
Winner, a former Air Force linguist who now works as a US government contractor, was arrested Saturday by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on charges that she made copies of a classified report containing top-secret information and mailed it to an online news organization.
The FBI says victor was working as a government contractor last month when she copied a classified intelligence report containing top-secret information and mailed it to a reporter.
The charge victor faces carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The top headlines from JournalStar.com. Before she was charged with leaking USA government secrets, Reality Leigh Winner shared sometimes scathing opinions on President Donald Trump and his policies for the whole world to see.
Prosecutors plan to ask a judge to deny bond for 25-year-old Reality Winner, according to court records filed in the case.
Billie Winner-Davis said Wednesday she fears prosecutors will try to make an example of her daughter to show that they're not 'going to tolerate leakers'.
"Winner further acknowledged that she was aware of the contents of the intelligence reporting and that she knew the contents of the reporting could be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of a foreign nation", the report said. He says she has never run away from anything and there's no reason to hold her.
This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner. 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. She's not a violent person.
Victor is accused of leaking an NSA report, published by The Intercept on Monday, that detailed Russian attempts to hack a voting software vendor and local election officials.
The indictment alleges that victor, a former Air Force linguist, leaked the confidential information in May 2017 while employed at private contractor Pluribus International.
Court documents accuse victor of mailing a classified report written on or about May 5 to an unnamed news organization.
Davis said she became a linguist, speaking Arabic and Farsi, and spent four years assigned to the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. During that time, he said, victor provided real-time translation to Americans conducting field missions.
"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".
According to court documents, the reporter from The Intercept provided a hard copy of the document to an NSA contact in an attempt to verify it and also told that contact it was mailed from Augusta.