Mother fears woman accused of leak will be made an example

Posted June 14, 2017

"The focus tomorrow will not necessarily be on whether or not she committed the crime that she's been accused of the focus will be on one or two things, whether or not she is a flight risk, or whether or not we can do some things that will assure that she will show up for trial or court appearances when they are scheduled". Winner's family is now seeking her release pending a trial.

"I didn't know what company she worked for", Winner-Davis told Cooper.

This June 2017 photo released by the Lincoln County (Ga.) Sheriff's Office, shows Reality Winner. The document states that Russian intelligence was privy to "multiple USA state or local electoral boards", according to HuffPost. "The NSA report, dated May 5, provides details of a 2016 Russian military intelligence cyberattack on a US voting software supplier, though there is no evidence that any votes were affected by the hack", CNN reports.

But a United States judge at a hearing today will weigh the risks of freeing Reality Winner, a former air force linguist with an otherwise unblemished record, pending trial.

The family of an intelligence contractor who allegedly leaked a highly classified document about Russian interference in the USA election told NBC News that "she would not jeopardize anybody's safety". The NSA report was dated May 5, the same as the document victor is charged with leaking.

Court records say victor admitted to mailing a copy of the classified report to a news outlet when an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent interviewed her at her home Saturday.

Victor remains in a county jail in Lincoln County, Georgia, while she awaits a detention hearing on Thursday, officials said.

Reality Winner has been charged with sending classified material to a news organization.

Winner's mother, Billie-Jean Davis, said she's anxious the Trump administration - which has been focused on shutting down the constant stream of leaks - is going to try to make an example of her.

The charge victor faces carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

While the document doesn't say the hacking changed any votes, the publication said it "raises the possibility that Russian hacking may have breached at least some elements of the voting system, with disconcertingly uncertain results".

And there was a notation in one notebook, Solari said in which victor purportedly wrote, "I want to burn the White House down". She has no record.

Victor had top security clearance from her time serving in the Air Force for six years.

They said they knew victor to be a selfless and dedicated person, who aims to help her community as well as the people she had worked with as a linguist throughout her career and that they believed Winner's case was being exaggerated.

Shortly after graduating from high school in Kingsville, Texas, where she was a strong tennis and track and field competitor, she opted for military service.

"Because my client is a millennial and she knows how to use technology, that's somehow proof of evil intent", said Titus Nichols, Winner's defense attorney.

"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".