NSA Contractor From South Texas Accused of Leaking Russia Intelligence Report

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

A federal grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old National Security Agency contractor accused of leaking classified material to a news outlet.

She faces a sentence that could result in 10 years behind bars.

Court records show the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited Reality Leigh Winner's home Saturday and took her passport, some mail, a pair of spiralbound notebooks, two piece of notebook paper with handwritten notes, a power bill, a Department of Defense-issued "country handbook" about Iran, a nondisclosure agreement, a cell phone, two laptop computers and a tablet computer. "I mean she's a good kid".

"She was terrified, she was scared", her mother said.

What we do know is clear: victor is accused of serving as a journalistic source for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance. Victor had a short court appearance Tuesday and was being held at a jail northwest of Augusta, Georgia. Davis called victor "a good kid" with "a great big heart" who followed her older sibling into the Air Force.

"I just know she cares about her world and taking care of people and animals", Winner-Davis said.

The Department of Justice says victor admitted to taking a "top secret" intelligence document, dated May 5, which details hacking by the Russian military intelligence.

Some New Yorkers staged a show of support tonight for the woman accused of leaking classified information.

Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told The Daily Beast that her daughter has always been passionate and outspoken about her beliefs. "Sorry", Davis said, crying.

Solari said Winner's laptop also contained software that could enable her to access online black-markets and buy items - such as a fake ID or passport - without revealing her identity or location.

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She also showed her disdain for President Trump when she shared a post about Swedish politicians 'trolling Trump admin.' She captioned it, 'Meanwhile, women try to save the planet' and sprinkled her posts with anti-Trump hashtags such as #NoDAPL #NeverMyPresident #Resist.

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

"There's not much to comment on right now as far as whether there is a connection between my client and Intercept", Nichols told NPR.

The Intercept stated that it has "no knowledge of the identity of the person who provided us with the document" and stresses that the allegations against victor are unproven.

Her expertise was translating languages spoken in Afghanistan, her family said, and she served six years in the U.S. Air Force as a cryptologic language analyst.

During the discussion with Cooper, Winner-Davis said that her daughter had called her before her arrest on Saturday and told her that she may be in trouble.

"She served her nation with distinguished honor".

The FBI was able to use this technology to track down the leaker, identified as Reality Leigh Winner. It's not the person that's being portrayed.

On social media, victor mostly shared glimpses into her life far removed from politics - such as watching Dr. "She's not a threat in any way", her mom said.

In the process, the intelligence agency noticed that the reports "appeared to be folded and/or creased, suggesting they had been printed and hand-carried out of a secured space", according to the official legal complaint.

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