Accused federal contractor Winner pleads not guilty, denied bail

Posted June 09, 2017

This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner.

Reality Winner, the government contractor accused of leaking a secret NSA report to the media, plans to enter a plea of not guilty, her lawyer Titus Nichols tells NPR.

Victor was the first person to be jailed by the Trump administration after being accused of leaking classified information.

25-year-old Reality Winner is charged with Gathering and Transmitting Defense Information.

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 said when confronted with the allegations, victor admitted to leaking the classified document intentionally.

If convicted, victor faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000, according to court documents.

A judge scheduled a hearing Thursday afternoon to determine whether to allow victor to be released from pre-trial confinement.

She is being charged by the federal government for "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet".

Victor has a hearing scheduled for Thursday at 4 the federal courthouse in Augusta.

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"She is scared that they won't let her out", said mother Billie-Jean Davis, according to CBS.

Winner's mother, Billie Winner-Davis; stepfather, Gary Davis; and a friend testified in court. She's never run away from anything in her life.

She provided support to missions and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 2016, which is for members who have "distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service". "How would she know to access anything?" O'Donnell later confirmed that she had donated by tweeting out a link to the GoFundMe account and writing, "I support reality victor".

"This is a 25-year-old girl who served her country with admiration and distinction", Davis said.

Court documents accuse victor of mailing a classified report written on or about May 5 to an unnamed news organization.

Winner, dressed in an orange jumpsuit with the word "Inmate" on the back, spoke very little to Judge Brian Epps.

The Department of Justice has said victor admitted to the accusations against her, but Nichols, told the Associated Press "if there is a confession, the government has not shown it to me". She is the first person charged with leaking classified information to the media under the administration of President Donald Trump, who has vowed to crack down on leakers. They would pledge their home and the 20 acres of land they own as security for Winner's bond.

Investigators said in court records that they wanted to search her property for a variety of computer information as well as possible contacts with media outlets as well as any possible contacts with "foreign governments, foreign powers, or agents of foreign powers".

Solari argued that victor isn't the upstanding young woman her parents believe her to be.