No bond for woman accused of leaking top-secret documents

Woman accused of leak made pro-environment, anti-Trump posts

Reality Leigh Winner, 25, a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia, is accused of "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet", according to a federal complaint.

Victor was charged in a federal grand jury indictment on Wednesday with a single count of willful retention and transmission of national defense information, a federal felony offense that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

If convicted, victor faces a sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Prosecutors argued victor had used a thumb drive to download classified documents while she was in the Air Force, CBS News' David Begnaud reports. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian Epps denied bond Thursday for 25-year-old Reality Winner.

Prosecutors said they also found the names of three known Islamic extremists in Winner's notebook, reported Reuters.

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

Details suggest that the document in question was the basis for a report from the Intercept on Monday about cyberattacks carried out by Russian government hackers against a US voting software supplier before the presidential election.

The document, dated May 5, revealed that the NSA had determined that Russian hackers had attempted to hack into state voting systems across the U.S.

The judge said he was anxious about what happened to the portable hard drive prosecutors mentioned, as well as references victor had made in her notebook about the Middle East.

"I want to burn the White House down. find somewhere in Kurdistan to live".

But a judge in Augusta, Ga., denied her request, after concerns from prosecutors about her online statements and a possible flight risk.

"The government is not in any way suggesting the defendant has become a jihadist or that she is a Taliban sympathizer", Solari told the judge.

Combination photo showing Reality Winner, the U.S. intelligence contractor charged with leaking classified National Security Agency material is seen in these undated booking photos in Lincolnton, Georgia, U.S., received on June 8.

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. 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. They say they don't know what happened to it or what it might contain.

She is the first person to be criminally charged with leaking classified information under the Trump administration, which has vowed to crack down on leaks.

She added that victor, though she had not served overseas, spoke the Afghan languages Pashto and Dari.

The prosecutor said in another jailhouse conversation, victor told her mother that she wanted her to tell the media that she was afraid for her life.

Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday she fears prosecutors will try to make an example of her daughter to show that they're not "going to tolerate leakers".

"She served her nation with distinguished honor". It's not the person that's being portrayed. "She is a victor", Gary said.

"Play up that angle", victor told her mother, according to Solari.

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

Authorities are searching a number of electronic devices seized from Winner's home, including two laptops, a tablet and four cellphones - as well as two spiral-bound notebooks.

The government has said that the alleged leaker, who they claimed said she would play the "pretty, white and cute" card during a jailhouse phone call, also admitted to her crime.

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